Vivek Dubey – B.M.S. , Perusing MBA at Thakur Institute of Management Studies & Research , Mumbai
“God has no religion.” said Mahatma Gandhi . Human history today is characterized by the rapid development of productive forces utilizing the scientific and technological revolution, which promotes socioeconomic progress in every possible way and provides a powerful means of affecting the environment. The interaction between man and the environment has grown over the last decades. The large scale exploitation of nature, population growth, accelerated development of productive forces, the ever increasing destruction of natural resources for human comfort has lead to depletion and degradation of natural environment bringing in a dangerous ecological imbalance in the man environment system.At present we are living in age of fear, conflicts, violence & terrorism, which is known as ‘Kali Yuga’- Age of Conflicts & deaths, an extremely explosive time where the context of human life is changing every moment.
There is a transition from ‘Vasudheva Kutumbkam’ (The world is one family) to globalization (The world is one market). The world is one market family, which has changed the concept of values in present day education system & in the society. The present world is faced with many urgent problems – such as political, economical, educational, social & cultural & environmental problems due to values deteriorations
Human values are eroding at very fast rate which is deteriorating the quality of life. Human values are eroding at a very fast rate resulting in a decline in the quality of life of the people. At the dawn of the new millennium, what is required most is ‘Ethics and Sustainability’ for peaceful sustainable future.
“Peace and the survival of life on earth as we know it are threatened by human activities that lack a commitment to humanitarian values. Destruction of nature and natural resources results from ignorance, greed and lack of respect for the earth’s living things. This lack of respect extends even to the earth’s human descendants, the future generations who will inherit a vastly degraded planet if world peace does not become a reality, and if destruction of the natural environment continues at the present rate. Our ancestors viewed the earth as rich and bountiful, which it is. Many people in the past also saw nature as inexhaustibly sustainable, which we know is the case only if we care for it. It is not difficult to forgive destruction in the past which resulted from ignorance. Today, however, we have access to more information. it is essential that we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations. To meet these challenges of 21st century & to save the humanity from further destruction we have to change our attitude from ‘Culture of Materialism’ to ‘Culture of Spiritualism’ & we have to change our consciousness & action from ‘Ego (Material) Consciousness’ to ‘Eco Consciousness (Spiritual Consciousness).
Global Harmony requires that all human-beings on the Earth to be in unison or in complete agreement. At the root of all clashes in opinions at the level of civilization, there are multiple and conflicting ideologies or view-points. When all these view-points are wrong or if any one side is wrong, then struggle among them is inevitable. If all sides are right, in that state struggle is not possible. We humans are in unison when “right”, and divided when “wrong”. We need to be in unison for “right” to be able to make any progress for global harmony. Global harmony is not possible through invasion or by use of force. It is not possible by way of agitation or protesting against authorities and developed countries either. However, global harmony is possible and realizable through understanding of co-existence. This understanding of co-existence can be developed in every human-being by way of education. With understanding of co-existence, it becomes clear that existential purpose of all human beings is one and the same which is to realize resolution, prosperity, fearlessness (trust), and co-existence. The education on the bases of idealism or materialism has not been able to produce any solid or decisive action plan for global harmony. The prevalent illusion and ignorance in humankind is from modern education’s maniacal tendencies of consumption, sex, and profit, its teaching instability indefiniteness of principles of science, and making social, economic, and judiciary systems accordingly. Education based on these two ideologies has increased exploitation of Nature, crimes with Earth, pollution in environment, economic disparity, and communal consciousness to such a degree that people have started expressing the risk of whole humankind getting wiped out.
EDUCATION is required, education of peace that would act as the panacea for all crisis and evils that are prevailing in this world. Education is a significant dimension of the long term process of building up peace, tolerance, justice, intercultural understanding and civic responsibility The global crisis that we are all now facing is a reflection of the education system that has promoted worldviews that overlook genuine moral and spiritual issues, and emphasises rationality, individualism and competition. The values and assumptions underlying these worldviews have a direct impact on the institutions of society, which then act to reinforce each other. Our educational approach is to challenge these worldviews and the underlying values and assumptions which inform them, through the promotion of critical self awareness along with awareness of social structures. We do this through strategies and processes to acknowledge and transform the negative roots behind these worldviews within ourselves and then in wider society, which brings about a transformation in how we perceive and then act in the world. This is education for change. recognizing that young people have an inner voice that calls them to fulfill a personal yearning to be relevant in a world that is confusing and in disarray. It is more evident than ever before that young people are the major force of the future. Their presence is being heard around the world and their numbers are growing exponentially in all countries of the world. It is up to us as educators to help these young people to discover the “authentic self” and support their efforts in redesigning systems that no longer are effective in a global society. If we do not heed this outcry now there will only be more violence and upheaval without focused goals.
Every religion is same just to understand it in correct manner would remove the dissension.