We need people of moral courage willing to fight to make our world more humane and habitable.
Civil disobedience is not our problem but our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to the war, and millions have been killed because of the obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That’s our problem. Howard Zinn
It is a matter of no small consequences that the only people who have ever lived sustainably on earth have been the indigenous people-the Adivasis who make no fetish about their ability to read and write. Education gives, us paper degree to fit into industrial military empire, but it is no guarantee to decency, prudence, or wisdom.
Today’s educational curriculum has fragmented the world into bits and pieces called disciplines and sub disciplines. This results in students spending many years in schools and colleges without any broad integrated sense of the unity of things. The consequences of this on their personality and in the planet are huge. For instance, we produce technologies with no appreciation for the arts. We produce economists who lack the most rudimentary knowledge of ecology. This is why our budgets are less taxing on polluting cars or electric geysers and heavy on buses and solar heaters. As a result of this incomplete education, we have fooled ourselves into thinking that we are much richer than we are. The devastation of the natural world, the pollution of our cities can be traced to the rising expectations of the middle class and its consumption patterns. The major air pollution in most of the cities is caused by the inefficient two wheelers which constitutes a whopping 70% of all the vehicles on the road. If only 10% of the population owns cars, they should democratically use only 10% of the road, but the reality is just the opposite.
The fact is that we have too many “successful” people. We desperately need more pacemakers, singers, healers, storytellers, theatre artistes, painters, and dreamers of all shapes and forms. We need more non corporate people who wish to sing their own song and live their own dreams. We need people of moral courage willing to fight to make our world more humane and habitable.