Thatta Kedona

Culture is a Basic Need

Rural Urban Divide

Once upon a time, so begin old fairy tales and stories, the city dweller who are the bearers of the urban culture are filled with pride, particularly when they ponder upon what they have achieved.

The city air gives freedom, one moves from the confines of the village life into the large settlements, finds work and so many new possibilities. The right to education opens new perspectives for the offspring. The progress, in general, makes life easier and creates conveniences.

Gladly accepting what is told, we arbitrarily become the nucleus of misunderstandings. We think we know but actually do not know, we only believe. A theory is produced for this reality, error quotas are multiplied and the distance to the actual reality increases even further in the process. The discrepancies give way to total disorientation, which paves the way for perplexity and false solutions.

The desire of the parents to give their children good education as millions of other parents anywhere is understandable. The investment here is for good and successful future. Parents spend good money for the future and this also serves the education industry: the publishers, schools, colleges, universities and other allied services!

Critical souls would be surprised at what is taught at schools and universalities, what is being achieved? Whom does the apparent diversity help ?

Imagine this: If all drivers would get a car for themselves and drive, how quick would they reach their destinations? If everyone would get a television and watch it with an average of two eyes, how many programmes can be watched at the same time? If the literate public worldwide should read even a portion of the advertised material, how extensive is the multitude of the literature, and in fact the quality. If all learners should absorb the information being fed, how big is the possibility of deviations?

These unpleasant questions could provide food for reflection and ultimately to the question: What can one do against this development?

One answer could be the Learning on the Project. This means as a consequence that the widely propagated comfortable way within given time frame is not taken and laborious way of the individual effort is chosen instead. Experience is evaluated independent of any given structures. Gaining knowledge is not an experience but rather squandering of individual resources.

It is clear that in future the number of industrial friendly consumers will be absolutely in majority. Those who develop new ideas while maintaining their traditional culture will be surely in the minority.

Parents and educationists must seriously ponder upon the question whether the support of the consumption friendly path really brings us further. At an imaginable point of time in future where the city population is in majority, how is the city air is supposed to make one feel free? Where would the public educated on the basis of prestige find work if they are trained to be consumers. How will the pleasantries of progress help us, if they only lead to dependency and loss of self-supporting mechanisms?


posted by S A J Shirazi @ 7:00 PM,


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