This is a picture worth paying attention to.
When I was getting trained for my Priesthood some 45-50 yrs ago, We had classes on Values for quite a few periods. That, plus my latter studies on the subject and my Reflections, cannot be condensed into a post (of my type).
In the fewest words, Values are what Humankind Desires.
In my longish career, I had a student whose highest value was to cook and feed. …I do not think she was/is alone in that.
Thus there is a Hierarchy of Values (what are most important for an individual).
For a Long time, discipline was my most important value. People might find Courage, Honesty, Beauty, Cleanliness, whatnot as their first values.
Now I think Love, Peace and Happiness are the Most Important ones.
Pity the people (which is what Most people are today) who get their happiness from biryani, cars, …in short, Wine, Women and Song, as it is said.
Problem: the day they don’t get that, their happiness goes phut. So they have to make money, make money, make money, Every day, Every Hour; Even if they have to Sell their Honour, Honesty and Integrity. (Am sure none of my readers fall in this category)!
(MP is member of Parliament! Indians tolerate this – viz: gogoi becoming mp!)
Children are NOT born with the right hierarchy of values.
That is why the world has had teachers and gurus.
It surprises me, horribly, that people think Only about themselves.
The state, in the form of the ruling party, is NOT supposed to Interfere in teaching values.
In Ancient India, the king KNELT at the Rishi’s feet, STOOD UP for him, and GAVE HIM A HIGHER SEAT.
So, in the Original Indian way of things, IT WAS NEVER SUPPOSED THAT THE STATE WOULD DARE TO TEACH ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG.
Unless supervised by Parents (parents worthy of that name), children have frequently turned out like this, and worse.
joodges and law-yers only know the law, (often made for their own advantage!). It is the Family (even, and particularly, Old Ladies, even if Uneducated) that knows about Justice, and Values. As such children should listen to their parents. Of course too many so-called parents take advantage of their children.
But We are not talking about them, are We? 🙂
There is very little sense of THE OTHER in India now.
स्वांतसुखाय, परान्तसुखाय, कर्म, कर्मफल, धर्म-अधर्म
(Roughly, Selfish, Selfless, Actions and their End, Right vs Wrong)
were Common words of the time of my Youth. Now they are fed on hitler’s ‘nationalism’ and religious rituals.
This year (2022), modi had asked that Every house display the National flag. The man in the toon above asks modi when he is going to give them a House.
Above: For a Long time, running down the Bull dozer became a political tool of the bjp.
And the Well-fed middle class snores away.
Not only अहंब्रह्मास्मि, (AhamBrahmaasmi, India’s most famous mantra), but
(Tattvamasi, You too are ‘That,’ and Nehanaanaastikinchan, there is No multiplicity here)
are also Mahavakyas.
(LokaSamasthaSukhinoBhavantu: meaning “Let the entire world be happy.” Somebody had told me this is the One verse Common in All the Vedas. Now Internet does Not say this! …And)
(VasudhAivKutumbakam: the Entire Earth is my Family; much touted by modi during his trips abroad)
are Lost. Where?
If Love, Peace and Happiness are the Most Important values, what peace, what happiness can be found without Freedom, and Democracy, and Justice?
It took the Bapu (Gandhiji) nearly half a century to get India her freedom.
Saving and Keeping Decency, Respect, Freedom, Democracy and Justice, etc, are Not going to enter a Child’s head. Parents have Inculcate them.