Going by media: newspaper, television and internet streams it seems we are all in some chaos. Everything looks messy, screwed up and worrisome.
The movies, TV series portrays how bad corruption is and how lawmakers are sucking our blood.
We humans react more to negativity. So media, Bollywood and the internet sell it. The attention merchants make a profit by showing filth, misery, poverty, violence.
Your older ones will tell you about the past, how difficult it was to afford basic healthcare. How many mothers would die giving birth, how many kids would die of black fever, smallpox et all. The caste system, women’s rights, and many other things.
We are living in a fantasy world. We have everything which was available to people in the west for ages. We are on a level playing field with everyone, innovation, capital, and advancement. We have it all.
What credentials or degree one requires to become a teacher?
An Ivy league degree, exit from a successful startup or having millions of followers worshiping like a god on social media?
I don’t know. What I do know is that a teacher can be anyone, without any pedigree or affiliations.
The barista who taught you making pour over, your maid who taught you making paneer or the gardener who shared his wisdom on happiness. Are they not the teachers? Look around, open up and you will find a teacher everywhere.
We are constantly fed with milestones and goals. At times they can be seductive and make us go out of our comfortability zone, make us think, build and believe. This is all good.
What about us living a life constantly on the edge: worried about future and carrying past biases. The constant urge to seeking a better version of self make us forget living in the present.
Why are we not taught in any books or by society to live in the present moment, give best at it? Why are we all incentivized so much of our better future? Why does the reality of now take a back seat in front of a glorified future?
The term mentor has become a modern day marketing jargon. Social media platform or business cards are embedded with it.
Why do we have to shout and make claims about being a mentor? Early days, a mentor would counsel his/her mentee, see him/her mature, excel in life. Our current construct has made mentorship a consumerized product. Anyone can become a mentor and everyone can buy it.
Until and unless you are connected with the person, respect him/her and open for taking criticism. How can you be mentored?
I have reached this far in my life because I got lucky and had many of them who helped me in shaping where I am right now. I am not saying am perfect, but I admit am better than before. I am getting better every day.
This journey called life has many twist and turns. Having mentors who can shape us, accept our imperfection, guide us to success makes this journey meaningful.
Isaac Asimov was one of the best thinkers of our time. He has written in length about a society where Robots take over in his book- I, Robot.
While reading emotional design, whose last half is dedicated to how robots will co-exist and what they are missing. I got to know about Asimov’s four laws of Robotics and most of these still hold true.