We need to stop making the same mistakes over and over and expect different results. Through my entire lifetime, I have been hearing promises of better education and opportunity to fight poverty and crime.
When will we ever realise we need a different approach, and these promises need to be manifested to actually produce results? Information is now at our fingertips, but do we use the technology to educate ourselves? Opportunity is at a decline, but are we brainstorming enough to create and build innovatively and intuitively?
If we are so compelled to react like loose cannons to any kind of perceived injustice, imagine what could happen if we really start feeling hungry!
I have witnessed very educated people react to situations in the same erratic manner. So, what really is lacking? It is wisdom, and teaching children at a young age to manage and react to situations and challenges in a conscious and resourceful manner.
There’s no overnight fix. Education should be completely refocused. We tell children, if they can do it, you can too. They begin to feel lost and alone in this race! Maybe our resilience and strength were not intended to handle the same situations. Maybe we should begin to use our strengths and abilities to help others get ahead, while others use theirs to help us.
In some countries, yoga and meditation are now being taught in schools at a young age. This has resulted in many positive changes in behavioural patterns in pupils. Now more than ever, we need compassion and empathy, we need to practise self-restraint. Lack of education and opportunity is not the only cancer, it is compulsiveness and addiction and acting impulsively.
The time is now to start adopting positive approaches that have proven to work in other countries.