Sunday, August 9, 2020

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men

Take a dip into the news on various mainstream and social media sources and you almost always see our own lots caught smuggling drugs and a host of other illegal stuff, fabricating and forging bills and documents for personal gains, siphoning public fund, rape and sexual molestation, theft and burglary, shopkeepers and taxi drivers taking advantage during dire situations and the list goes on. It should make us question where things have gone wrong. As much as these individuals or groups have failed us and the nation, we have equally failed them as a society and as a nation. Something somewhere in their education, parenting and social circle must have been awfully deficient that it has fallen short in building a strong character and conscience, nurturing the grace of mind, and bringing up a generation of incorruptible souls. The great Gandhi remarked, The end of education is to build a character. If you are still not sure what this character entails, then you should take a glimpse at our legendary monarchs. It is nothing but a robust, relentless character Their Majesties exude and exhibit both in action and spirit. And we should bask under Their glorious light and follow Them headstrong for They are the lodestars amidst this sea of conundrums. If They cannot inspire and instil a fire in us to be our better selves, than who else can?

As clich├ęd as it may sound, it is never too late in building our lots, in building our nation. So, the primary responsibility falls back to education, parenting and us as a community all over againquite needless to say. Therefore, dear nation-builders, lets build a nation that is conscientious, SMART, and life-ready; lets nip in the bud for in the words of Frederick Douglass:

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Postscript: An opinion originally published on a Facebook page. 

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