Education: In pursuit to nowhere

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Firoz New
Firoz Abdul Hamid

“As above so below and so as within so without” was said by a legendary Egyptian mystic called Hermes Trismegistus. This insight celebrates a universal truth: all worlds are essentially identical, and the microscopic atom is structured in the very same way as the telescopic solar system. It is said that Egypt was built based on these cosmic principles and the location of the pyramids reflect the exact points of the stars above.

One of the oldest civilisations in the world called Mayans strongly believed in the influence of the cosmos on daily life. The Mayans incorporated their advanced understanding of astronomy into their temples and other religious structures. The pyramid at Chichén Itzá in Mexico, for example, is aligned to the sun’s location during the spring and fall equinoxes. Buildings were deliberately aligned with bright stars like Capella and Sirius, or with Venus, or with the position of the sun’s transit.

The Order That Is

I quote these examples, albeit extinct in its thought process now, to illustrate that people once lived in sync with their surroundings – understanding that they formed part of a greater order of the universe – the sky, the earth and the oceans with the larger cosmos. These, they understood was not created for no purpose; nothing in and around us exists independent of another and that there is order to the seeming madness that we may feel sometimes.

But do we even look up to the skies to ponder this order now? Have we even the time to do it? We have kids walking around like zombies and androids glued to their machines and earphones, getting knocked off the streets by vehicles because they don’t even look at what is ahead anymore, never mind above.

School Is Boring

When we send our kids to school have we ever wondered if they truly understand why they are going to school and the purpose and meaning to why they are learning all that they are learning. Sit behind a classroom and see how bored children are. Ever wondered why? Ever wondered if children sometimes deemed as having ADHT (Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder) are probably in the wrong place and that they are actually perfectly fine?

I have often wondered why we even teach children geometry and algebra when we know its use is to nought in real life. It is statistics that we need to understand in our daily lives and statistics are taught very late in life, if at all. Aristotle placed grammar as fundamental to teaching children. This should be the first vocation a child should learn followed by the science of logic. The modes of eloquence, arguments, rationalisation, persuasiveness, delivery, articulation are all encapsulated in these sciences of language and logic. This was the order of education of the past which bred such great thinkers.

 

Today we place children on mind boggling arithmetic classes at the age of three. Why? There is not much point in learning triple degree math and sciences that is twice removed from reality if you simply can’t articulate it to an audience with any real sense or reason. Malaysia recently had to re-evaluate newly graduated doctors because they could not speak English. After 20 years of studying (including pre-school) and good 5 years in medical college (books of which are mostly in English) we have doctors who can’t speak English?

So who do we blame for this? The students for not having the motivation, the teachers and the system for failing them or their parents for not pressing this as necessary in a world that predominantly communicates in English today.

.John Taylor Gatto named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991 wrote the following in his critically acclaimed book, “Dumbing us Down”:

I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty years of teaching: schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders... Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.” 

CartoonWhat Future Are We Preparing Children For?

Parents are preparing their children for a future they themselves don’t understand. Schools are teaching them a curriculum that may no longer apply in less than a decade. The global education system from prep school to kindergarten right up to tertiary levels, I would argue, are designed to prepare skilled workers – not wholesome content and sound human beings who can endure the tolls of times. There was a time people pursed Bachelors of Arts to seek the truth. They sought the Sciences to develop humanity for better standards of living. Today these degrees are mostly seen as a means of stratification of academic excellence. It is seen as status it brings to the family and the money one can earn. It is not seen as the value it brings to humanity.

Educating Money Making Machines

What is success? Who defines success? A person seen academically excellent, socially adapt, financially sound may be morally bankrupt. Parents are debating which courses will guarantee children the most secure income earning jobs. They no longer reflect if the person they are sending into an institution will graduate into a wholesome being. In essence, they are developing money making machines.

As John Taylor Gatto said, “Shouldn’t we also ask ourselves what the consequences are of scrambling to provide the “most” of everything to our children in a world of fast dwindling resources?”

The levels of creativity in schools globally are being sapped into a bottomless pit of a race to nowhere in our pursuit to developing ‘skilled money making workers’. The myth is the better school or universities you attend, the higher your propensity is to earning a bigger pay check. The whole essence of public education is for university entrance. Global national competitive ranking measures GDP (gross domestic product) and literacy amongst others – but not if those we educate will build a war free, fraud free, environmentally safe planet. No it does not! There is no real measure for this today.

The premise of a high income nation is to increase salaries and earn more. It is not about creating morally sound individuals who would not sell their souls for money and material gains. Gatto in his book wrote the whole notion of report card and evaluation system in global public education is a means to telling one what they are worth. Good students are those deemed good at taking orders. Public education systems by and large promote students who are great at taking orders, those who stop thinking for themselves. As Gatto wrote in his ‘Dumbing Us Down’, “We must wait for other people, better trained than ourselves, to make the meanings of our lives. The expert makes all the important choices; only I, the teacher, can determine what my kids must study, or rather, only the people’.

StudentsValue of Public Education

The ones who understood the lack of benefit of a traditional public education checked out very early. They include Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Charles Dickens, Colonel Sanders,  Isaac Merrit Singer, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Li Ka Shing, Walt Disney, Subhash Chandra Bose, Hiroshi Yamauchi and this list can go on.

These people created something positive which we can possibly remember long after they are gone because they were able to probably push their creativity to the limits of its extent. I believe every child is creative. We are not taught to be creative. We are born it. We just get educated out of it by systems that indoctrinate our minds to a frame of box beyond which, we fear going, by the time we finish a traditional education system.

The frustrations from a lack of meaning in public education and the rising competitive environment in schools is precipitating into harmful behaviours such as the bullying culture, suicides amongst students when they feel a sense of failure, rise in drug, pregnancy and crime amongst young children and alas shooting on school premises.

Every Child Made To Be Someone

Temple Gradin, the first autistic graduate now a professor at the Colorado State University, was seen as an unruly child. It took the perseverance of an unrelenting mother and an erudite teacher to open her door of destiny. Under normal circumstance Gradin, ostensibly hyperactive, would have been put on sedative medication and told to be quiet. The well known choreographer of the musical CATS, Gillian Lyn experienced a similar fate until her talent was discovered. She was mistaken for either having ADHT or not being able to learn. Again, it only took an unrelenting parent and a doctor/teacher to spot that these children are different. Today she is a multi millionaire with her own School of Ballet.

Sir Ken Robinson in his TED Talk relates that before the 19th century there was no education system and the whole system came into being to meet the needs of industrialism. The hierarchies of subjects learnt, he argues, are based on the most useful subject for work. As a result, the highly talented who may not be academically excellent are stigmatised in school and they fall by the wayside.

What is Self Worth and Honour?

When the ancient Chinese decided to live in peace they decided to build the Great Chinese Wall. But within the first hundred years of its existence, the Chinese were invaded three times. The hordes of enemy had no need to climb over these walls. They just bribed the guards and came through the back door. The Chinese built the walls but forgot the character building of those guarding the walls. Before building anything material, we need to first focus on building human character.

Global public education system needs to be urgently revamped. It has lost the true sense of developing wholesome human beings able to discern and critically evaluate, able to see through all phases of life with strong moral character without caving in at the first sight of failure and setback.

Above all we no longer teach children what self worth really is. During the financial crises we saw many resorting to suicide when they lost their wealth. One German business man jumped off a bridge when his wealth was down from $13 billion to $3 billion. Is our self worth measured by dollars and cents? Is that what our years and years of education and environment have co-opted us to believing?

The adage “You Are On Your Honour Boys” was so powerful in Catholic schools that teachers could leave the children to completing their work on their own. In the Arab culture giving one’s word was an honour. It brought shame to a clan if word was not honoured. Today cheating is not only prevalent in schools and universities, but also in boardrooms and governments. Some take pride that they were not caught out.

Even adults push the lines of truth and falsehood causing delusional veil for themselves on the rights and wrongs. The lines of false and truth are so blurred these days people tend to defend wrongs even when it is glaring at their faces. What dissolved this honour once upheld by our parents and grandparents? At which point in our lives did it vaporise?

Ethics and Moral Character

The absence of ethics and honour in many societies have produced unimaginable damage to this planet from Wall Street frauds to high street poverty to questionable medical invention to interest-based governmental policies, needless wars to profit-only business entities which is wrecking humanity and the environment that cusps it.

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the US Public Health Service to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African-American men in Alabama. The people who were being experimented on were told that they were receiving free health care from the US government but were instead injected with syphilis. Revelation in 1972 of study failures by a whistleblower led to major changes in US law and regulation on the protection of participants in clinical studies.

What was poignant about this case is that the practitioners were highly educated probably from the best universities. Yet they compromised on ethics and bargained their moral characters. The failures at Wall Street and in governments are not done by non school goers or the illiterate. They were and are mostly done by people recruited from the best schools on this planet.

A Canadian series titled “The Psychopath Next Door” depicts how successful and learned people who live amongst us can be psychopaths. This people can be your neighbour, the doctor, your boss, the CEO, and your own child. Psychopaths are no longer our stereotype serial killer. They live amongst us and they look perfectly normal. Dr.Stephen Porter of University of British Columbia said, psychopaths do know right from wrong in the ‘cognitive’ or rational sense and even do as well on moral reasoning as the rest of us as they don’t have the noise of human emotions. In a winner takes it all global culture, increasingly the culture of North America is seen to reward and nurture psychopaths and narcissists.

Diminishing Worth of Degrees

UNESCO has predicted that there will be more people with degrees in the next decade alone with the advancement of technology and explosion of population growth. With everyone potentially ‘owning’ a degree, having a degree will NOT mean anything anymore. Jobs will probably be designed around talents, creativity and moral character of an individual – something that is taught scarcely in public education today.

As a result more and more parents are opting to homeschooling their children to cultivate wholesome individuals. Universities globally are sourcing for home schooled students as they are seen as ‘more balanced’. John Taylor Gatto said the home-schooling movement has quietly grown to a size where one and half million young people are being educated entirely by their own parents. He said homeschooled students have an ability to think and children schooled at home seem to be five or even ten years ahead of their formally trained peers.

Socrates predicted that mass schooling damages children. Education in essence does not need much money and expensive gadgets. It needs sound teachers. Some of the greatest minds in human history were taught in deserts and remote non-traditional schools with bare minimum gadgets. The most priced gadget they owned was a sound teacher and self discipline.

Human Jelly Fish

Ultimately we mirror the world around us. We get what we give. We reap what we sow.

Sound education can no longer be just about going to the best schools and getting the best grades. Jack Ma said he was rejected by Harvard 10 times. Was Harvard’s system so myopic it missed a talent? Or did the rejection from Harvard made Jack Ma what he is today?

Bottom line – the measure of success and essence of global public education needs to be challenged and changed or collectively we will suffer as a civilisation. Our future generations will live to bear the pains of our lack of action.

In the order of cosmology, the skies today are a reflection of what’s on earth and the ocean reflects the state of the earth. It is said, 80-90 per cent of the fish have gone due to ocean contamination and this contamination is said to have killed our most priced fish. The ocean represents ‘consciousness’ in cosmology. What is interesting is the contaminated ocean is providing a thriving environment for jelly fish – jelly fish is a spineless, brainless fish that constantly consumes.

Is the jelly fish a representation of what is left today on earth? Are the oceans whispering the state we are in today? I wonder!

This essay is researched by the author. Not all sources of research are shown.
Please contact Investvine in case you require research sources.

See other posts on Ethics in Business:

Ethics in Business: Perception of sleepwalking

Ethics in Business: Facing medical ethics head on in Malaysia

Ethics in Business: A take on business ethics in the US

Ethics in Business: Moving Islamic finance from conference rooms to humanity

Ethics in Business: Walking the ethical track in Malaysia a perspective

Ethics in Business: Soul of ethics in the new Dubai

Ethics in Business: A conversation with Professor Tariq Ramadan

Ethics in Business: Where is the education for narcissistic leaders

Ethics in Business. With whom does the heartbeat of a nation lie, Part 1

Ethics in Business: With whom does the heartbeat of a nation lie, Part 2

Ethics in Business: Are we aware of the Iagos in our midst?

Ethics in Business: Fair trade or fair game, who benefits really

Ethics in business: What moves the conscience when mortality is at stake

Panel discussion: Medical ethics (plus video)

Please – CSR is not Ethics in Business

Are hearts dead? When good men stood by and watched?

Moments of truth reveal true face of a leader

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[caption id="attachment_27120" align="alignleft" width="171"] Firoz Abdul Hamid[/caption] “As above so below and so as within so without” was said by a legendary Egyptian mystic called Hermes Trismegistus. This insight celebrates a universal truth: all worlds are essentially identical, and the microscopic atom is structured in the very same way as the telescopic solar system. It is said that Egypt was built based on these cosmic principles and the location of the pyramids reflect the exact points of the stars above. One of the oldest civilisations in the world called Mayans strongly believed in the influence of the cosmos on daily...

Reading Time: 10 minutes

Firoz New
Firoz Abdul Hamid

“As above so below and so as within so without” was said by a legendary Egyptian mystic called Hermes Trismegistus. This insight celebrates a universal truth: all worlds are essentially identical, and the microscopic atom is structured in the very same way as the telescopic solar system. It is said that Egypt was built based on these cosmic principles and the location of the pyramids reflect the exact points of the stars above.

One of the oldest civilisations in the world called Mayans strongly believed in the influence of the cosmos on daily life. The Mayans incorporated their advanced understanding of astronomy into their temples and other religious structures. The pyramid at Chichén Itzá in Mexico, for example, is aligned to the sun’s location during the spring and fall equinoxes. Buildings were deliberately aligned with bright stars like Capella and Sirius, or with Venus, or with the position of the sun’s transit.

The Order That Is

I quote these examples, albeit extinct in its thought process now, to illustrate that people once lived in sync with their surroundings – understanding that they formed part of a greater order of the universe – the sky, the earth and the oceans with the larger cosmos. These, they understood was not created for no purpose; nothing in and around us exists independent of another and that there is order to the seeming madness that we may feel sometimes.

But do we even look up to the skies to ponder this order now? Have we even the time to do it? We have kids walking around like zombies and androids glued to their machines and earphones, getting knocked off the streets by vehicles because they don’t even look at what is ahead anymore, never mind above.

School Is Boring

When we send our kids to school have we ever wondered if they truly understand why they are going to school and the purpose and meaning to why they are learning all that they are learning. Sit behind a classroom and see how bored children are. Ever wondered why? Ever wondered if children sometimes deemed as having ADHT (Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder) are probably in the wrong place and that they are actually perfectly fine?

I have often wondered why we even teach children geometry and algebra when we know its use is to nought in real life. It is statistics that we need to understand in our daily lives and statistics are taught very late in life, if at all. Aristotle placed grammar as fundamental to teaching children. This should be the first vocation a child should learn followed by the science of logic. The modes of eloquence, arguments, rationalisation, persuasiveness, delivery, articulation are all encapsulated in these sciences of language and logic. This was the order of education of the past which bred such great thinkers.

 

Today we place children on mind boggling arithmetic classes at the age of three. Why? There is not much point in learning triple degree math and sciences that is twice removed from reality if you simply can’t articulate it to an audience with any real sense or reason. Malaysia recently had to re-evaluate newly graduated doctors because they could not speak English. After 20 years of studying (including pre-school) and good 5 years in medical college (books of which are mostly in English) we have doctors who can’t speak English?

So who do we blame for this? The students for not having the motivation, the teachers and the system for failing them or their parents for not pressing this as necessary in a world that predominantly communicates in English today.

.John Taylor Gatto named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991 wrote the following in his critically acclaimed book, “Dumbing us Down”:

I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty years of teaching: schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders... Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.” 

CartoonWhat Future Are We Preparing Children For?

Parents are preparing their children for a future they themselves don’t understand. Schools are teaching them a curriculum that may no longer apply in less than a decade. The global education system from prep school to kindergarten right up to tertiary levels, I would argue, are designed to prepare skilled workers – not wholesome content and sound human beings who can endure the tolls of times. There was a time people pursed Bachelors of Arts to seek the truth. They sought the Sciences to develop humanity for better standards of living. Today these degrees are mostly seen as a means of stratification of academic excellence. It is seen as status it brings to the family and the money one can earn. It is not seen as the value it brings to humanity.

Educating Money Making Machines

What is success? Who defines success? A person seen academically excellent, socially adapt, financially sound may be morally bankrupt. Parents are debating which courses will guarantee children the most secure income earning jobs. They no longer reflect if the person they are sending into an institution will graduate into a wholesome being. In essence, they are developing money making machines.

As John Taylor Gatto said, “Shouldn’t we also ask ourselves what the consequences are of scrambling to provide the “most” of everything to our children in a world of fast dwindling resources?”

The levels of creativity in schools globally are being sapped into a bottomless pit of a race to nowhere in our pursuit to developing ‘skilled money making workers’. The myth is the better school or universities you attend, the higher your propensity is to earning a bigger pay check. The whole essence of public education is for university entrance. Global national competitive ranking measures GDP (gross domestic product) and literacy amongst others – but not if those we educate will build a war free, fraud free, environmentally safe planet. No it does not! There is no real measure for this today.

The premise of a high income nation is to increase salaries and earn more. It is not about creating morally sound individuals who would not sell their souls for money and material gains. Gatto in his book wrote the whole notion of report card and evaluation system in global public education is a means to telling one what they are worth. Good students are those deemed good at taking orders. Public education systems by and large promote students who are great at taking orders, those who stop thinking for themselves. As Gatto wrote in his ‘Dumbing Us Down’, “We must wait for other people, better trained than ourselves, to make the meanings of our lives. The expert makes all the important choices; only I, the teacher, can determine what my kids must study, or rather, only the people’.

StudentsValue of Public Education

The ones who understood the lack of benefit of a traditional public education checked out very early. They include Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Charles Dickens, Colonel Sanders,  Isaac Merrit Singer, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Li Ka Shing, Walt Disney, Subhash Chandra Bose, Hiroshi Yamauchi and this list can go on.

These people created something positive which we can possibly remember long after they are gone because they were able to probably push their creativity to the limits of its extent. I believe every child is creative. We are not taught to be creative. We are born it. We just get educated out of it by systems that indoctrinate our minds to a frame of box beyond which, we fear going, by the time we finish a traditional education system.

The frustrations from a lack of meaning in public education and the rising competitive environment in schools is precipitating into harmful behaviours such as the bullying culture, suicides amongst students when they feel a sense of failure, rise in drug, pregnancy and crime amongst young children and alas shooting on school premises.

Every Child Made To Be Someone

Temple Gradin, the first autistic graduate now a professor at the Colorado State University, was seen as an unruly child. It took the perseverance of an unrelenting mother and an erudite teacher to open her door of destiny. Under normal circumstance Gradin, ostensibly hyperactive, would have been put on sedative medication and told to be quiet. The well known choreographer of the musical CATS, Gillian Lyn experienced a similar fate until her talent was discovered. She was mistaken for either having ADHT or not being able to learn. Again, it only took an unrelenting parent and a doctor/teacher to spot that these children are different. Today she is a multi millionaire with her own School of Ballet.

Sir Ken Robinson in his TED Talk relates that before the 19th century there was no education system and the whole system came into being to meet the needs of industrialism. The hierarchies of subjects learnt, he argues, are based on the most useful subject for work. As a result, the highly talented who may not be academically excellent are stigmatised in school and they fall by the wayside.

What is Self Worth and Honour?

When the ancient Chinese decided to live in peace they decided to build the Great Chinese Wall. But within the first hundred years of its existence, the Chinese were invaded three times. The hordes of enemy had no need to climb over these walls. They just bribed the guards and came through the back door. The Chinese built the walls but forgot the character building of those guarding the walls. Before building anything material, we need to first focus on building human character.

Global public education system needs to be urgently revamped. It has lost the true sense of developing wholesome human beings able to discern and critically evaluate, able to see through all phases of life with strong moral character without caving in at the first sight of failure and setback.

Above all we no longer teach children what self worth really is. During the financial crises we saw many resorting to suicide when they lost their wealth. One German business man jumped off a bridge when his wealth was down from $13 billion to $3 billion. Is our self worth measured by dollars and cents? Is that what our years and years of education and environment have co-opted us to believing?

The adage “You Are On Your Honour Boys” was so powerful in Catholic schools that teachers could leave the children to completing their work on their own. In the Arab culture giving one’s word was an honour. It brought shame to a clan if word was not honoured. Today cheating is not only prevalent in schools and universities, but also in boardrooms and governments. Some take pride that they were not caught out.

Even adults push the lines of truth and falsehood causing delusional veil for themselves on the rights and wrongs. The lines of false and truth are so blurred these days people tend to defend wrongs even when it is glaring at their faces. What dissolved this honour once upheld by our parents and grandparents? At which point in our lives did it vaporise?

Ethics and Moral Character

The absence of ethics and honour in many societies have produced unimaginable damage to this planet from Wall Street frauds to high street poverty to questionable medical invention to interest-based governmental policies, needless wars to profit-only business entities which is wrecking humanity and the environment that cusps it.

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the US Public Health Service to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African-American men in Alabama. The people who were being experimented on were told that they were receiving free health care from the US government but were instead injected with syphilis. Revelation in 1972 of study failures by a whistleblower led to major changes in US law and regulation on the protection of participants in clinical studies.

What was poignant about this case is that the practitioners were highly educated probably from the best universities. Yet they compromised on ethics and bargained their moral characters. The failures at Wall Street and in governments are not done by non school goers or the illiterate. They were and are mostly done by people recruited from the best schools on this planet.

A Canadian series titled “The Psychopath Next Door” depicts how successful and learned people who live amongst us can be psychopaths. This people can be your neighbour, the doctor, your boss, the CEO, and your own child. Psychopaths are no longer our stereotype serial killer. They live amongst us and they look perfectly normal. Dr.Stephen Porter of University of British Columbia said, psychopaths do know right from wrong in the ‘cognitive’ or rational sense and even do as well on moral reasoning as the rest of us as they don’t have the noise of human emotions. In a winner takes it all global culture, increasingly the culture of North America is seen to reward and nurture psychopaths and narcissists.

Diminishing Worth of Degrees

UNESCO has predicted that there will be more people with degrees in the next decade alone with the advancement of technology and explosion of population growth. With everyone potentially ‘owning’ a degree, having a degree will NOT mean anything anymore. Jobs will probably be designed around talents, creativity and moral character of an individual – something that is taught scarcely in public education today.

As a result more and more parents are opting to homeschooling their children to cultivate wholesome individuals. Universities globally are sourcing for home schooled students as they are seen as ‘more balanced’. John Taylor Gatto said the home-schooling movement has quietly grown to a size where one and half million young people are being educated entirely by their own parents. He said homeschooled students have an ability to think and children schooled at home seem to be five or even ten years ahead of their formally trained peers.

Socrates predicted that mass schooling damages children. Education in essence does not need much money and expensive gadgets. It needs sound teachers. Some of the greatest minds in human history were taught in deserts and remote non-traditional schools with bare minimum gadgets. The most priced gadget they owned was a sound teacher and self discipline.

Human Jelly Fish

Ultimately we mirror the world around us. We get what we give. We reap what we sow.

Sound education can no longer be just about going to the best schools and getting the best grades. Jack Ma said he was rejected by Harvard 10 times. Was Harvard’s system so myopic it missed a talent? Or did the rejection from Harvard made Jack Ma what he is today?

Bottom line – the measure of success and essence of global public education needs to be challenged and changed or collectively we will suffer as a civilisation. Our future generations will live to bear the pains of our lack of action.

In the order of cosmology, the skies today are a reflection of what’s on earth and the ocean reflects the state of the earth. It is said, 80-90 per cent of the fish have gone due to ocean contamination and this contamination is said to have killed our most priced fish. The ocean represents ‘consciousness’ in cosmology. What is interesting is the contaminated ocean is providing a thriving environment for jelly fish – jelly fish is a spineless, brainless fish that constantly consumes.

Is the jelly fish a representation of what is left today on earth? Are the oceans whispering the state we are in today? I wonder!

This essay is researched by the author. Not all sources of research are shown.
Please contact Investvine in case you require research sources.

See other posts on Ethics in Business:

Ethics in Business: Perception of sleepwalking

Ethics in Business: Facing medical ethics head on in Malaysia

Ethics in Business: A take on business ethics in the US

Ethics in Business: Moving Islamic finance from conference rooms to humanity

Ethics in Business: Walking the ethical track in Malaysia a perspective

Ethics in Business: Soul of ethics in the new Dubai

Ethics in Business: A conversation with Professor Tariq Ramadan

Ethics in Business: Where is the education for narcissistic leaders

Ethics in Business. With whom does the heartbeat of a nation lie, Part 1

Ethics in Business: With whom does the heartbeat of a nation lie, Part 2

Ethics in Business: Are we aware of the Iagos in our midst?

Ethics in Business: Fair trade or fair game, who benefits really

Ethics in business: What moves the conscience when mortality is at stake

Panel discussion: Medical ethics (plus video)

Please – CSR is not Ethics in Business

Are hearts dead? When good men stood by and watched?

Moments of truth reveal true face of a leader

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