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          • Aloysius
            Aloysius published a blog post O wilted leaf!
            O earthly creature how much time do you have?
            Are you even conscious of what you are doing?
            Do you just walk by me and see nothing?
            Have you become so busy or have i become so redundant?
            Didn't you look at me a few months ago and say how beautiful I was?
            Did you forget that you will be there one day?

            O leaf, I didn't notice you at first glance,
            My life too busy and my head filled with thoughts.
            Yes I remember how beautiful you were and I am sorry that you are now becoming dust.
            I am aware that one day I would go though the same process.

            But that does not mean I should not live life to the fullest;
            Exploring my way into the world, leaving behind some and taking some along,
            Thoughts and friends can never promise to come along.
            Because the place I wish to go, is too far and mysterious;
            where friends could get hurt and thoughts could haunt me.
            Life is a river, it never sees the same land twice,
            even if does its not the same anymore.
            Everything has changed and all my sign post gone.
            I would have love to say hi to old friends,
            But all have strolled on, there is no time to say good bye.

            O leaf, there is still hope, you become a part of the dust,
            You will get back into a tree and become a new leaf,
            We will meet again one day, and say a hi;
            We will not be the same but I will recognize you
            And you will know me,
            Lets not until that fleeting moment yearn for each other
            As life flows on and we will be friends for ever.

            By: Crazy Aloysius
            Posted: July 25, 2017, 2:24 pm

          • Having been inclined towards teaching form a very early age, I have only known one thing learn, write, attend exams, get good marks and move to the next level. In life, everything looks strange/ funny in retrospect. But this idea which has been stuck in my mind from the age of 11 had existed in some form or the other. Not the idea of revolutionizing education but that the Education of some sort should be a birth right. However, education system of the present form is very contentious at varied levels but it might be the best thing for a lot of people who have just been able to make a living through something or the other they have learnt.  
            As I look up my family tree most of the people in my family are teachers, including my mom and sister (at one point even my dad was teaching in a school and would help in private tuition my mom used to conduct at home). It’s fair to say that most of my childhood revolved around education and schools. In the past few years listening to people who have become mentors and a few virtual mentors through youtube, I have come to think of education at a much deeper level. At the heart of all this are very important questions;
            1. Why are degrees losing their value? 23 lakh apply for 368 peon posts in Uttar Pradesh, India
            2. Why should education be so linear? 
            3. Why aren’t we focusing on mastery?    Let's teach for mastery — not test scores
            4. Why aren’t we taught about some essential things in life?    Teach every child about food | Jamie Oliver
            5. Is the education system killing creativity and does it fail to cherish diversity? Do schools kill creativity?
            6. Are we creating psuedo-passion in young minds? And is peer pressure and social norm causing a brain drain?
            There is much to ponder and our time is running out. Either we can keep complaining or do something about it. Where do you stand? 
            How can we make education available to everyone at the same time how can we help children and young adults identify their life's calling? At the same time using the robust models of the colonial education system which has stood the test of time?

            By: Crazy Aloysius
            Posted: April 10, 2017, 6:51 am

            • Aloysius
              The first time I was on a roller coaster ride was this very day 4 years ago, I had just come to Hong Kong. After I got off the ride, I thought I had seen enough in life to conclude that ride was analogous to the life I have lived. I was soooo wrong!!!!
              Every moment from there on have been defining. At that point in Oct 2012, I was almost going back to Chennai and jobless; then things flipped. Three years ago on this very day I spent meeting and celebrating me turning 24 with so many groups of friends like had never done before. Two years ago on this very day I became one of the most powerful student voices in HKU. From last year and until a few days ago; I was totally consumed by the fact that I have become such a failure after reaching such great heights. May be this is what people widely call mid-life crisis.. :P :P 
              My thoughts were going from bad to worse everyday and I have almost become a complete introvert or I think I have become. I wasn't sure why? 
              I think the reason behind this is, I got so carried away by the things I was doing in HKU that I lost track of why I started doing them in the first place. Now after the dust started settling down when I hardly have time to reach out; the passionate one within me is trying to grind me down. The mere thought that I have not been doing anything for the issues I care about makes me feel I am a failure. It wasn't until recently that I accepted the fact that life will never be the same every single day. It really not just that, I think a lot of us; the self proclaimed extroverts have this problem, when we aren't able to contribute to the issues and cannot voice as much as before we feel that we have lost our value. We sometimes think we were able to contribute just because of the positions we held but isn't it the other way around? We hold those positions or we get to those positions because we cared about certain things so much and so many people thought you are the right person to do this or that because you were passionate about it. 
              There is this simple thought from an old movie called 'It's a wonderful life', we are who we are not because of the positions we hold or the issues we care about; its because of the lives we probably changed forever. We care about certain problems around us because they affect the lives of so many people. Its hard to reckon that we changed lives but everything is a butterfly effect. We would have changed a lot of lives even without consciously trying to change them. The smile we spread, the optimism we share with people and our simple acts of kindness of just reaching out when you could have just stayed silent. I believe we extroverts sometimes get so bogged down because of the fact that we have the power to reach out to people and sometimes changed people's lives but unable to at one point or the other because of the situation. When our life goes down hill, its very hard to solve our problems by trying to fight the fall; I think its would be better to think of those blessing we have been to those 10s or 100s of people. The best solution will be to let go of the free fall for a few minutes and think about those amazing life changing conversations, those sleepless nights of planning something wonderful for random people or loved ones or those big smiles to Hi-bye friends which might have brighten their day. After-all life is a roller coaster ride, if there is rise, there will be fall; just hang on their with those wonderful blessings you have been to people around you and the passion that makes who we are; we will get through the fall to do even bigger things in life which we could not imagine being a part of today. 

              By: Crazy Aloysius
              Posted: October 12, 2016, 3:58 am

              • Aloysius
                Fast forward to 3016 that is a 1000 years from now, none of us will live to see that year in soul, why go that far; except a handful, will even see 2116. Forget about being alive, will people living at that time remember you or me? Does it even matter if we are being remembered or not? This ephemeral nature of our existence should not demotivate us but should ignite us to follow our heart as Steve Jobs said, 
                “You Are Already Naked. There Is No Reason Not To Follow Your Heart.”

                It doesn't matter what you and I do individually to help the earth to become more sustainable, it isn't going to be enough for our generation to help the future of our race, a global village to exist and become higher beings. More outgoing, more intelligent, more conscious, and more human! 

                To understand how much we, this generation, the people of the 21st century will affect the life of the people in the 31st century; we have to look at how things were evolving in the 11th century. We as a generation are influencing and will influence how people think 1000 years later whether our future earthlings like it or not.

                So, it is left to us to either INSPIRE and catapult our civilization into the next few millennia and be remembered as the first generation which worked together to create a much better world which a few individuals could not have done. Or just be remember as a generation when Elon Musk landed people on Mars. I am not saying Elon should not be credited, I am saying if all of us are inspired like Elon, our generation would have an impact which the human race could never have imagined.

                By: Crazy Aloysius
                Posted: June 18, 2016, 8:17 am

              • The truth about economic growth has been right in front of us and it has been in the public domain for years now. Economic growth is just a means to achieve the ultimate goal of human development, nothing more than that (Human development report 1996. Published for the United Nations development program (UNDP)). Report after report every single year, tries to point out facts that the world’s affinity towards economic development does not effectively translate to better quality of life. I am not going to make the same mistake of pulling out 100s of pages of documents with statistics and interpretations by economic pundits. As a matter of fact, I have to accept I don’t have a clear understanding of the extensive documents published each year and I rely on interpretations by the pundits. Something is evident from every single report/ interpretation; at least the developed countries would have fared much better on human development if the current model of economic growth was efficiently impacting people’s lives. I would like to take a few steps back and ponder upon the historical significance of economic growth and the evolution of our race.
                The basic problem with us human beings is that, we haven’t really understood our true strengths and weaknesses. Probably, a SWOT analysis for us might help better understand what might be good for us as a race rather than blindly running behind numbers and projections of economic growth. I would like to point out one or two significant factors in each column; STRENGTHS: knowledge (perceived as intelligence over other species) and diversity in our thought process/ interpretations of a problem at hand, WEAKNESSES: differences based on caste, religion, colour and spoiled competition (where everyone wants to win at the cost of someone rather than thinking of a win-win), OPPORTUNITIES: Educate everyone (not focussed on getting a degree which doesn’t mean anything to anyone) knowledge and skill based education, THREATS: $$$$$ (Money).
                Mahatma Gandhi once said, "The earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but not every man's greed." Let me elaborate more on the threats and weaknesses, we are easily lured by the wealth earth has to offer us, we had created divisions early in our evolution to protect the resources we had and those divisions have taken a very ugly shape in today’s world and leads to discrimination and disparity. We can observe this divisive guarding of ones territories to safe-guard self and resources even today among our primate ancestors and other animal species. So, it’s natural that we did that hundreds of thousands of years ago but, can’t we do much better than our Stone Age ancestors? “The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.” Today let’s give this phrase a different interpretation; many rich countries have good reserves of fossil fuel but they still tend to look out for reserves which are out of their territories to exploit. Fossil fuel is just one example and many other natural resources are getting added to this list as we chase better economic growth. In a way, our threats and weakness are interlinked. As centuries rolled on, our obsession towards something which had most value around the given time has determined the fate of millions of people. No one really cared much about fossil fuel until the industrial age and that was the fate of precious metals and stones, iron, livestock, crops, and similarly, things which are spurring economic growth now will also become irrelevant.
                “Necessity is the mother of invention.” This is a well-known phrase, but how much do we really understand this? There are so many things which we take for granted today like shelter, food and even heat/fire; these were commodities 100s of thousands of people died for through the ages. We don’t know for certain how fire was discovered, but when that first moment of making fire happened, they would have seen something supernatural in that blaze. As years past, our basic needs became more sophisticated; we forgot about our real strength, our collective knowledge as a race which had put us on top of the food chain and started to create economic and social barriers. We have achieved so much success as an organism, learning, building over existing knowledge and discovering or inventing things faster than one could dream. A simple example of the cosmic time scale which scientists give regarding human evolution popularized by Carl Sagan can help understand the enormity of our accomplishments, if the earth was created at the stroke of mid night on new year’s day and if now is the eve of the next year, known human history started only about 15 seconds ago; whereas mammals would have existed for just 5 days now. Imagine if we were like our mammalian ancestors without human intellect, we would still be running around hunting animals in the forest. On the contrary, picture a world where everyone among the 7+ billion people can contribute to our growth and development, compared to a few million who are able to do it now; how surreal that development of our race will be? Most of the others, are left out due to lack of education and worse case lack of food, dire poverty and senseless wars. To add on to these issues, we also have discrimination based on gender in education, jobs and wages which is more common than what we think of.  
                Education has evolved over the years as any other activity of human interaction. From the time when education was just for the elite to a time where internet connectivity is bringing knowledge to our footsteps irrespective of who we are. Yes, we can argue that now everything is online and there is no problem, everyone can find things to learn. Sadly, that’s not the case; the aristocracy has been replaced by money/ability to purchase knowledge. There are still a lot of things which we cannot learn from the internet. Take for example learning to swim. Yes you watch a video on YouTube, taking it for granted that we have a swimming pool which probably isn’t a case in most developing countries; how do you exactly learn? You cannot know how your hands and legs are moving under water unless someone tells you that you are making a mistake; I am not going to talk about special cases of people like Julius Yego who won gold in world athletics championships in javelin just by watching videos online.
                Internet based education is a start which has opened the doors for many knowledge untouchables, but it should never become an excuse because classroom based teaching can never be replaced. If online teaching was working efficiently, all the leading universities would have moved online but that’s not the case. Developing countries don’t seem to invest much on education comparable to their respective GDP which is evident from world banks data on education specific country’s expenditure. More importantly in many developing and underdeveloped countries, the money allocated might not really reach the grass roots due to the high levels of corruption prevailing in the political system. Many developing countries have allowed private enterprises to enter education sector; the private sectors did a great job may be 100 years ago in education, but today even the so called respectable non-profit educational private sector is opening doors only for the economically elite (there are always exceptions). This idea of investing on knowledge training is not new, it stems from the old saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  But there are serious constrains at our hands as well, how can we even teach anyone who is starving? Will we give the children who are starving, fish to eat now or teach them to fish? It is a complex question but the only solution which looks plausible is to increase funds for education. The funding for education must also be complimented with creating social awareness among the masses about education and how it can change the future of their children.  
                We as a race need to get our priorities right; we need to make a choice about our survival as a race, are we going to follow a ill equipped economic growth which does not translate, or are we going to make sure our race stands the test of time? Knowledge based education is the only way out of this awkward dollar centric economic growth. As William Shakespeare wrote in Henry VI part 2 act 4 scene 7, “..ignorance is the curse of God, knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven,..” As of now, we are making a lot of people on this planet, our fellow earthlings feel, they are cursed by God. Hopefully, we can change this in our life time and make the world a better place for our future generations to further prosper as a one world civilization.

                By: Crazy Aloysius
                Posted: March 18, 2016, 2:57 am

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