Archive for November, 2009

The Old Age

November 30, 2009

The Old Age

Guten Tag!

So I have been wondering what is old age like? Its like spending the entire day in hustle and bustle and then your mind & body is so exhausted that you just wanna hit the sack. Obviously during this time, very few things would interest you and the other way round too.

Everyone’s so caught up in this fast paced life, work that anyone would hardly have any time for them. What are the outlets for them to spend Quality time in the Society? In terms of their contribution as well as well being?

Health is one of the most primary & pertaining issue for them. Is there a need for more transparency, quality, technical know how and decreasing cost in the health care industry?

Ever changing technology is making it difficult for them to weave themselves into the Society. A lot of them are out of work and so are dependent on either the Family or the Society. The question then is, how do they remain Self Reliant?

These questions need to be addressed & new ways need to be found out in enriching our old age.

Our Schools

November 16, 2009

Our Schools

As I spent more time with myself and people around me from my country and others, I am getting ever-increasingly convinced that to solve major problems (poverty, illness, quality of life & work, etc) in our country, we need a major overhaul in our education system. Young people spend majority of their early life in schools, college where their outlook towards Life and Work is or can be molded (It is difficult to change genetic habits at home).

In developing countries like India, students spend more time in classrooms and rote-learning.This can only teach and lead them to a limited dimensional life and a day-to-day warning’s work.

Analogy for Life – One question will probably be enough. How many path breaking leaders, artist, sportsmen, innovators are we creating?

Analogy for Work – Its something like teaching a person to fish. However the person is never taught how to invent and produce the tools to fish. So the person does fishing with the tools provided and lives on. However in an ever changing world, as the tools & technology changes, the person is rendered without skill or work soon.

So the question then arises, how is it best to improve this situation. It would be difficult to have so many people thinking on these lines by just telling them. It needs to get imbibed and takes time to gestate. However there are some measures which can be taken at a national level & scale which will help us to walk on this path. This will decrease the time to make our country a developed country from a developing one. From centuries to probably decades.

Some of the things which can be done are :

– Study timings should be reduced by at least a few hours everyday [8a.m. to12p.m. – Study. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m – Play]

– Traveling to areas which are affluent as well as underprivileged to give them the entire spectrum of Life.

Social Service in underprivileged area. People from cities need to spend some time in small towns, villages. People from small towns need to spend some time in villages. People in villages should spend some time in forest and so on. Similarly people from developed countries should spend some of their time in developing countries.

– Quality of curriculum and books can be worked on and improved.

– Student Exchange Program should be implemented and encouraged.

CautionThis might be all theory

Social Service

November 16, 2009

Social Service

Poverty & Illness is of global scale across boundaries. It would take centuries before we can take everyone out of them. Experience from my life has taught be that I should have spent more time outdoors than indoors. People from cities need to spend some time in small towns, villages. People from small towns need to spend some time in villages. People in villages should spend some time in forest and so on. Similarly people from developed countries should spend some of their time in developing countries. This would ensure transfer of education & technology from “haves” to “haves-not” in a much shorter time (Development of technology is one task and implementing is another).

When you are young and in a school or college (the age is ripe for learning), 50% of your time should be spend outside the class. When you are employed, probably 20% and when you run you own business probably 10% (These are random figures and can be decided by the global community). You can learn more about life outside than from books, computers, etc.

Mebbe now the time is ripe to have a Social Service number for everyone around the world (something like Social Security in USA or the National ID Project of India). Everyone gets Brownie Points as they contribute to the Society. There would probably be no monetary value but have other benefits like learning soft skills, culture, languages & mebbe would also signify Social Status in the future.

(Note: The movement of people the other way round from villages to towns and from towns to cities, increasing efficiency in cities due to privitization & competition is natural and does not need to be implemented)

# National ID Project is headed by Nandan Nilekani

Caution: This might be all theory

Getting a high

November 16, 2009

Getting a high

As history has shown – Alcohol, Drugs and Sex flourish illegal if they are not given industry status. Lot of illegal money flows, so does crime. It cannot be stopped and has plenty of side effects if not legalized. Instead governments around the world should work together :
– Give it industry status and work to improving the quality (set & improve safety standards so people don’t die)
– Set up research, education & healthcare for educating people and reducing spread of diseases

Caution: This might be all theory

Poverty

November 16, 2009

Poverty

In order to remove India (and probably other poor countries too) out of poverty, the first imperative step which needs to be taken is to legalize the money flow between business, politicians and law-n-order agencies. It should be also made tax-free. All transactions which happen between business and political parties need to be made transparent and documented (preferably online). The benefits would ultimately then trickle down to the common man and ultimately back to the business and politicians in the longer run.

CAUTION: This might be all theory