Vinny is 15 years old. With long hair and looks of a poet. Charming to all. Lost in his thoughts. Sitting with a laptop and surfing for music on YouTube. With some efforts a basic toy guitar was bought. Vinny, from nowhere was intensely involved with this newly found attraction. With no formal training, how did he learn guitar, many of us don’t understand. Some sweet and harsh sounds were heard from his room. Some friends were also generally in his room. Loud laughter and teen age giggle did irritate others in family. Asked where he learns, “computer”, Dad, he replied. Computer, how could it teach you guitar. Simple, very simple,” go to YouTube and type learn guitar. You will get tired of seeing too many Clips. “Can you show me how it happens? We both were watching a video, where the player was teaching how to hold Guitar and the different parts of it. The internet is reaching every house and person. The discovery of html has done real revolution. World has become a one room house. Can we actually get hang of what could happen in next 50 years? How things became too different? Shopping, music and information all on internet. Many unpleasant things are also happening on internet. It is not time to talk of bad things. A mother and her daughter, conversing over internet as they are in a room, in reality they are several thousand kilometers apart.
Vinny hates school. He hated walls of school. He is happy playing cricket and playing guitar. “Dad, I do not like to sit in class room and listen to the teachers”, he will say without any feelings. “But if you do not study what will you do in your life”, Dad would consult with him. Vinny will look serious.” If you want I can try, but it is not going to work”, he said with face down. Both hands fingers were locked and shoes were tapping.” But what is the use, if teachers keep becoming upset with me. They punish me by asking me to stand on the chair or at the class room gate. I am not a child anymore.” He said lost in thoughts. Is there something wrong somewhere? Is it wrong with Vinny? Is it wrong with his parents or family? Is it wrong with the schools or teachers? It is a common dilemma in most families if not all. Given choice, probably all of us will spend time with butterfly, sea waves and rainbows. Majority of thinkers have taken sides of child. They have expressed serious doubts that our present education is of any worth. Will it ever be possible to know what are we born for? Is there some way to find out what is best for us? Generally most schools teach us how to be smart and aspire for name and fame. It puts great emphasis on making money and gathering material wealth. These things by past standards were with the kings, professionals, business men and of course with the criminals. Ordinary people were always to simply live in limited means. Usually, very limited. Children with high academic gifts will occupy jobs with higher material gains. Other will satisfy with less attractive jobs.
This age is unique. Internet, Sports, music and off the beat disciplines are in abundance. Here, one can live a life equal or even better than traditional stream. It is multiply fast.Completely unheard of opportunities are coming up. Boys and girls both are marching forward towards economic self reliance.. Both sexes are equal is finally established. No argument will stand now in the path of advancement of women. A college degree is no longer indispensable for a fulfilling career. Today a photographer and press journalist enjoy freedom and a respectable living. I am aware, there will be exceptions. Interference of politics and market forces are deciding the directions. Even in this, people with talents are finding space for their growth. Fields like fashion, music and cricket and football provide far more than any old time professions can. It is time of redefining intelligence and work. Getting 99 out of 100 in exams is no more deciding factor for the carrier. Creativity, energy and passion define the work. The orthodox steel frame of education made more neurotics than happy human beings. More and more openings are now available where almost all of us have something to contribute. Each human being is important and his like and dislike are to be respected. The wind of change is blowing in all directions. Sadly, we still have pockets of land where freedom of expression and vocation is decided by the rulers and ideologies. It is also a fact that even in free countries, people and class exist which would be happy if people were to act in a fashion which hinder creation of free human beings. Free thinking has been replaced by fanatic and fundamentalism. There is alarming surge in violence by the followers in the name of justice and establishing kingdom of moral values. The sudden increase in the destructive and divisive forces is threatening the fabric of our survival.
Who gains if children leave schools? They leave schools because their classroom is the whole world. B It’s loss of humanity if they do not nurture the musician or artist in him. World over, there is acceptance of the fact that each child is unique and has special needs. Breakthroughs are made by pioneers in the field of how a child is helped in growing a human being free, unbiased and fearless. Tools and methodologies are now available to assist children and parents to adopt more child friendly approaches. Flagging, thrashing and spanking are now taboo. These are totally unacceptable in our world. Scolding, belittling the act of a child is inhuman. There is no need for Vinny and his parents if he did not do well in the school. The internet will help him learn as much faster pace. Bad things and very things exist on the net. But do they not exist in schools and religious institutions? Are we not listening stories of most spiteful act taking place to hurt the childhood. It is not say that schools are not important. In my opinion, early childhood is extremely crucial in the formation of future human beings. Foundation is here. May be soon, we shall find out the latent inclinations and traits. But what can replace the mother’s care, and care of the family and home. Today parents are becoming conscious of these facts. Some are making great sacrifices for the upbringing of their children.
My dear Vinny,
I remember you cried when the results were declared. On your face was the feeling of failure and undone. Teacher also said,” What else you had expected? You are a good guitar player. But that’s not enough. Soon you will be big and then guitar will not help.” You also believed in him and felt doomed. Then a film ran in your thoughts. The film had Scorpions playing, Jackson singing Sachin playing cricket, Mr. Beans celebrating Christmas and of course Stephen Hawking. I remember once you said Hawking must be God. How else he could travel to galaxies far, far away. No one can decide for you. If it makes you so happy that you see Whole world happy with you. You also see the God few feet away smiling and sending out smiles all over. You are already there. When you are famous and big, can you do small work for me? On the street, or lane you will see some children picking rags and empty cans of cold drinks. Call them together and sing a song of Hope. If you can visit their families and sing a song and play some music, give them message of love and hope. No one should ever give up. Its, not giving up that pulls the forces of change. It waits on. Just a call away. Its arms are around each one of us I am absolutely sure that no one is ever deserted. Great Company is always with us. Growing agreement on this reality is now global. They are definite that Great Company is always with us. Lean on it, sleep in its laps, kiss it and tell a joke and sing a song or only play music. The Forces of care are always there.
Its no secret that our understanding of world is based on what we see, hear perceive. So much of distrust and hate is filled in our minds that it becomes impossible to unwind it. So much fear and doubts are filled in our hearts that nothing can remove it. These are reinforced by media, parents and education. First time when I read Dale Carnegie’s books, it appeared that living the life was not that complicated after all. It can be fun. Some basic and simple principles are there to understand. Rest unfolds itself. Why has our school and college education failed in providing basic rules of living the life. Why our religions have have not been able to lead us to a simple and straight answers. Why are all answers so vague and conflicting? If I am right in my estimates, the coming times are very fascinating. The internet and physics should remove all the difference of color, caste, sex and religion. Entire humanity will be simple one whole. Our differences and distances are illusions. In vast schemes of creation, our existence are merely is passing moment. If we could see ourselves in the electron microscope then we will see the fallacy of our beliefs. We will see how our existence is sustaining without any of our efforts. Everything has existed much before man and earth came into being. The knowledge system mankind has evolved is also cause of our destruction. Our waywardness is the natural outcome of our miss -interpretation of language of creation. The outcome is also closely knitted with the what we want to see. Tragic it may be, but we are not truly interested in real story. What we want is to fit our perception in the reference of modern knowledge. True learning will come from a mind which is unbiased and open to new realities.