The world of the 21st century is the world of intelligence for the intelligent though an artificial one. So here we are in the world of Artificial Intelligence. Today the advancement of modern technology in its highest and grandest form that the human civilizations have ever witnessed. Drones are doing deliveries, phones are in the smartest form, an auto is no more a rickshaw but an automated car with least human intervention.
Today the technology is taking over humanity; students are smarter than teachers as they are having more access to information than the knowledge of the teachers; smart classes are replacing the traditional classrooms and robots are helping teachers to explain lessons. In this modern world, the machine seems to do everything that humans can and humans cannot.
Therefore, we, as an Educator, as a Teacher, as a Guide, as a Mentor, as a Parent, where do we stand? What is our role? What is that one thing that we, the teachers can give to our students and children that the machine and technology cannot?
It’s COMPASSION, so let’s pass it on!
Yes, due to the advent of modern technology our world and our kids in this world are becoming smarter but less emotional. We are having contact with the whole world but we fail to understand the feelings of our family members. Our kids seem to be more and more emotionally detached which is the cause of depression along with other mental health issues at a very young age of 15 or 16.
So it is our duty as a parent, as a teacher, as a guide, as a mentor and as an older person with experiences, who want their younger generation to flourish and not perish, should pass on our compassion to them. We need to spend time with our children and tell them all our success stories and our failure stories as well, so that they get inspired by our success and learn from our failures; we need to tell our children that it’s OK to do mistakes but it’s not ok to be morally incorrect; we need to deny our children some of their demands sometimes not because you cannot afford them but because they should be accustomed to denial too; we need to make our children understand that it’s OK to fail, it’s OK to lose but it’s not ok to give up.
We need to tell them that games are not played just in mobiles and in-play stations but can also be played in the fields and in the kitchen too; we need to make them believe that humans are prone to mistake and they too will do it and we as a parent, as a teacher will always be there by their side, to rectify but not to judge them; we need to make them understand that every time anyone asks them for help, help wholeheartedly and help more than you can. Then, thank god for making you capable of being able to help anyone.
The children need to know that the world is becoming utterly selfish and we are killing our mother nature and now it’s your turn to save the planet earth because your future depends on it and you will be the one living on it in the future.
We need to teach our kids cooking and driving compulsorily irrespective of their gender, not because the girls need to please their in-laws and the boys need to prove their manhood but because cooking keeps you alive and driving makes you independent.
We need to make them believe that it does not matter if their skin is dark or fair or brown, it does not matter if they are skinny or fluffy, it does not matter if they are tall or short, it does not matter what the world thinks about their appearance because they are perfectly beautiful in the way they are. But what matters, are their deed and values
We need to let them know that whenever there is a situation that they have to choose between ‘kind’ and ‘right’, choose to be ‘kind’ always. Be kind because the world needs more kind people than anything else. The greatest form of love is the love for their Nation and to be patriotic you don’t have to always join the army and fight battles. You can show your patriotism just by becoming a law-abiding citizen.
We need to make them understand that they need to vote because it is their democratic right, it is their privilege which many people of this world still don’t have, and most importantly it will decide the destiny of their country. We need to make them understand that worship is not how religious you are but how religiously you fulfill your duties towards your family, your organization, your society, your employees, your country, and your world.
Life is not always fair but it’s still beautiful and we need to make them believe that the world is full of good people and you don’t find any then be the one. We need to give them the courage to speak up their mind, to dream the impossible, to have faith even when prayers are not answered, to trust knowing that some of the people will break it, to stand for what is right even if you are all alone.
So let us pass on our compassion to our kids so that they too have something to pass on to their next generation.
Author – CA. Victoria Rahman
Darjeeling Public School Siliguri, West Bengal