The journey I am on is a constant reminder that change does not come that easy. Change does not happen overnight. It may take months, years or maybe even more. Why it almost seems impossible to me to change mindsets of people around? Why is it so hard to even make the smallest change within ourselves? Why can’t we stop complaining when we have no constructive intent? Maybe there are things within my control and things outside my control. I don’t know if sharing this mental churning would help me to get pacified by the answers I am seeking.
I started this journey thinking that I could change and solve myriad problems existing in our society but slowly & slowly realised that it is not as simple as it sounds. When I see academically deficient classes, the fear that would I be able to take these kids in the given time frame from where they are to where they need to be, scares me. Perhaps I should be empathetic enough to understand that every child need not excel academically, each one is gifted with different qualities and all have different needs. Seeing the education scenario in India, especially at the grassroots- the visits to Government schools are depressing and makes me question myself that how I, as an individual can bring change? How long would it take to see that change happening? Would it possible to meet the expectations of children & their families who look up to me? Why there is a need of people to be more ’empathetic’ than being ‘sympathetic’? Does empathy have anything to do with change? Yes, it certainly does. Take a moment and just think how beautiful the world would be if for a while we could step into the shoes of another person and look at the world from their perspective. Empathy can be turned into a form of social action which can create radical social change. In the era of growing Global Empathy deficit, we have to do more than just talking about empathy if we really wish to see some change.
I came across these beautiful lines which say:
Don’t become preoccupied with your child’s academic ability but instead teach them to sit with those sitting alone. Teach them to be kind. Teach them to offer their help. Teach them to be a friend to the lonely. Teach them to encourage others. Teach them to think about other people. Teach them to share. Teach them to look for the good. This is how they will change the world” – Collective Evolution
Imagine if we could practise this in real life, with the next generation and teach them right from the beginning that is the way we are going to create a revolution of human relationships.