Monday, March 24, 2014

The (Walkman-I pod) Happiness!

My gratitude for the students of Sherubtse for skipping their dinner and making the same available for the needy ones! I saw this incredible news on BBS where some Sherubtse-ians skipped dinner to provide their share of the meals to the needy, making them the real contributors on celebrating the international happiness day. My appreciation and a deluge of BRAVO for you young boys and girls! This is truly happiness in action. My humblest of all the gratitude goes to this initiative as it bonds me to Sherubtse, although I just could survive for a brief period, during my time of course.

I have always been a strong believer of youth and the power they can enforce on the much stereotyped attitude of the Bhutanese society these days.  I am not inclined to the hair style, the dress, the attire, the conduct and the informal language of the youth these days.  My difference with the young-lings these days is the difference in a Walkman and an I-pod. Generation gap of course, but this is what the technology has offered.

I grew up in a generation where simplicity was admired and cherished. I accept the fact that ‘time’ has changed and modernity has bred more and more alien cultures and practices. I also know parenting has changed, along with the economy and of all the services, teaching has changed as well. We now have some “A little knowledge is dangerous” practicing teachers, perhaps belonging to the I-pod times. This is my personal antidote to the prevailing attitudinal war in the holy office.  I am now starting to believe that these attitudinal changes must have been the fault of the I-pod replacing the Walkman, if you know what I mean!

Believe me, I am a humble teacher myself and despite all the “What the hell is happening” culture and system, I do take pride in the fact that there are some specks of Bhutanese youngsters that value and are passionate about the principle of being a human. I reside in a place where some don’t even consider the other, a human!

I am in close proximity to some human beings who despite being the biological offspring(s) to their biological parents fail to value and uphold the generational respect and awe to the very human who gave birth to them, simply making them [offspring(s)] in-human. I heard this from the mouth of my close one and he mentioned, “I WaNt HAPPINESS! I is an ego, WANT is desire and we are just left with HAPPINESS.  So never say ‘I WANT HAPPINESS’” Later, he cried saying, “This is Lord Buddha”. And Thank You Buddha for the wonderful and inspiring reality, but I lament that not all your worshipers want what you aspired for them to be. 
“Young thinks of the old being foolish, but the old knows that the young are foolish”. This is what I thought is something to ponder upon.

Happy pondering!