What if, there was no rule about studying? If we look at it objectively, schooling followed by graduation and in most cases post graduation, and in some cases a PhD and then in fewer cases some other degree..
All of it is a ruse to keep us busy. It is all a way to pass time till we are old enough to get into the next ruse of our lives: aka earning money. And then, die. (Life family and all other Facebook memories occur in between)
I’ll delve in one at a time. Imagine a childhood where there is no education, only knowledge. We are taught, yet there is no rule. We are learning, yet there is no compulsion. “You don’t go to school? Why?” Such a dialogue would never be uttered because no one believes in the authority of a school bound education, which is littered with exams and ruled by marks. What is the use of education if one cannot apply it? We all went to school, but schooling didn’t teach us how to apply for a loan at the bank, only the format in which we’re supposed to write the letter
The Bank Manager.
Left indent. Date. Subject to be underlined. Body in three paragraphs. … Signature with full name. “How can you STILL not know the format, you’re in class 12!”
That’s just one example. Science students barely know a thing about commerce. Arts? That’s a joke.
The commerce kids know about how a fridge works, but then again who needs to know how? Arts, you mad?
The humanities children don’t understand the rigidity of mathematics. Science and commerce, get a life? Pardon my stereotyping.
We choose our subject by the end of school life with a pre chosen career in mind, most of the times. However in case of the Indian education system, the board chooses the stream they think we deserve, at times. So what if someone scored poor marks and wants to know how the freaking microwave works? The internet, right?
Education, literacy, knowledge. They are three different things and the quicker we understand that, the faster will we be able to focus on what’s really wrong and what’s actually required.
But now, imagine a world sans this mindless banter. We get rid of this ruse and travel the world with our equally cool parents and learn of birds which chirp only in the amazon and dream under an open sky. We could all be so peaceful.
Then, you would say that travelling needs money. No education equals no job equals no money.
RUSE! All a big bad net to keep you busy throughout life, distracting you from what you actually want to do. Read books. Write. Travel. Party. Booze. Stone. Listen to music. Create music. Dance. Just sit and do nothing. Sleep. Cook. Study something you want. Build a robot. Save lives.
Study a subject because you want to DO something with it, not with the intention of earning money to buy something you actually wanted to do.
Imagine a world that deals in barter. It is regressive but what if I could give you what I’m good at and you provide me with what you are food at and we all live at happy life without money or the constant fight over it. Inflation. Rupee versus dollar versus euro versus yen!
“Hello Iran, dude we need a billion litres of oil. Please?”
“Hi India, sure man just send in your vessel full of Saffron”
“I will be watching you two nation” says USA.
Wouldn’t it be cool? Utopian and impossible but imagination can make dreams seem weak.
So, if the need for money is abolished, we don’t have to work 9 hours a day or more. The poor won’t be poor because poverty won’t be an issue…because the word would disappear. The rich won’t have the best cars and the homeless would have homes. Finally, the world would rest solely on what skills god intended to give to you.
How well can you sell yourself?
And now comes my most absurd imagination. Imagine a world without clothes. Nothing, not even leaves.
Animals don’t wear clothes.
We were supposed to roam around with our skin starkly visible. Maybe that’s why we have body hair (that’s one mystery I never could solve, since we do perfectly well without them). Women and men, with children and dogs, all on the streets, naked and eating ice cream and flying kites in a happy world where no one touches another human being a exactly without prior consent. Ah!
There is no rape in the animal world that I know of. If a child, since birth, sees the opposite see in his or her bare and nude form, the instinct to molest another co-species-mate-person would probably, hopefully disappear. ?
That would indeed be the best kind of world to live in.
Such are the ruminations of a mind during the exams. Forgive me, if I have crossed the boundaries of your imagination. : )