KaliYuga’ Dissolution is said to lead to A Golden Age, which isn’t very encouraging, however while facing as usual The Great Unknown, let’s entertain the only seemingly meaningful possibility given what we trail behind us, which is that following this curative crisis eventually Homo Sapiens Sapiens will univocally prioritise value for the Rights of Pachamamma.
So looking into the eyes of the children in our midst here as elsewhere we can only hope that they get it, because they will need it; that and courage in plenty.
The number one taboo subject in all of India is the reproductive rights of women and it will take a tsunami of some painful kind to change this, meanwhile our population is over-the-top already as everyone knows. Infrastructure and all civic services are abysmally inadequate already. Food production, agricultural capacity, transportation facilities – all are stretched now to the limit, already. Corruption is our social disease, our condition is critical – to make matters worse. Our versatility and adaptability will prevail no doubt but whatever the incoming realities, children now present and their children and their children’s children will need to develop very intelligent stratagems to sustain a dignified future, of this we can be quite sure.
Some eight years back the Government of Tamil Nadu abolished exams in Primary schools – a resource essential to enable students to apprehend their academic capacity among peers; this has resulted in tremendously lackadaisical free education system that produces students lacking even Common Sense. Not many parents have the cognitive capacity or time to tutor their own children to make up for the deficit in school, so after parents began to wake up to this cultivated dementia of youth, the ones with the money and initiative began sending their children to private schools, which became lucrative investments and since fees boost profits these schools secure parents by offering glowing reports on students and bingo the lackadaisical paid education system produces students lacking even Common Sense also. At the tertiary level Government Colleges offer mediocre courses that will not result in sought-after skills or powerful job-seeking equipment, but the private colleges that do offer such qualifications are exceedingly expensive and subject to heavy bribes not only for placements but also for exam results evidently.
Although in the future there will – let’s hope, be the brilliant students (and brilliant parents) who will transcend this sad state of affairs and hopefully some as adults will find placements in essential services so that sound strategies are found for future problems. It seems to me that there is scope for considerable hope since India does have a wealth of experience in alternative strategies in co-operation with natural processes, which is precisely what is required for a sustainable future in any nation.
And although Indians on the ground don’t seem yet to be alert to the unprecedented potential or the dangers of Climate Change, yet ideologically for thousands of years the Rights of Mother Earth were given primary respect here and the general orientation of India today is in many ways more congruent with the needs of the future as far as we can anticipate than many more powerful, comfortable, clean, safe, clear-headed, profitable, developed nations.
We are all immensely cheered today because a baby girl was born to a family member and friend. It’s the ultimate in life here: a new born, especially (not exclusively) a new born human. In the developed world we consider our bank balances if at all possible in this age of contraception, prior to ushering in a new nuclear-family member, yet here where remnants of the joint family support system are still in place, everyone is overjoyed at the miracle of birth.
I think this is worthy of reflection you see – despite the monstrous over-population and irrespective of everything else, I think our precious directed-thinking minds need to cogitate on this because it seems to me that ultimately this indicates that these people are less insane than we are. They are the ones with their priorities in place, not us!