This post is written for Indispire Edition 118: #Values. It is specifically about three “immensely necessary skilful values” that the emerging generation should possess.
1. Thinking Skills
Serious thinking seems to have gone to some shopping mall and got lost there. It must be fiddling with the keypad of some smartphone trying to send its selfie picture to everybody in the contact list on half a dozen social network sites where egos go on rollercoaster rides at breakneck speeds.
Let it come back home and sit down coolly with a copy of Will Durant’s Story of Philosophy or Jennifer Michael Hecht’s Doubt: a history. Let it hobnob with the insane Nietzsche and the statesmanly Jefferson. Let it discover the bloom that blushes in the desert for no one in particular. Let it bathe in the springs of classical literature. Let it learn to listen to the symphony of the planets.
2. Scientific Temper
There are a lot of scientists all around. IT professionals and docs and engineers of all sorts. Yet why is there a preponderance of superstitious practices? Why do we still look for rocket technology is Ravana’s Pushpak Vimana and the link to it in some underwater limestone shoals?
Science should not remain confined to the classroom and the profession. It should pervade our entire life. If it does, the world won’t be spending a lion’s share of its wealth manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. The world will be a beautiful place. No hate speeches, no jingoism, no terrorism of any sort.
Why are there so many frauds in the world? Does the world create them or do they create the world? Look at our godmen and other people in religion. Can we find one percent among them who possess basic honesty? What about our political leaders?
Integrity is a skilful value that we can dream about, I guess.