The Young

The young people are the symbol of promise.  Young people have the actual energy to affect great change.  With the positive direction provided by a fusion of knowledge, hope, and optimism there is a great possibility for this world.  Even if it seems that the problems are overwhelming, young ones have abilities that should not be underestimated.

Why mentors and teachers are especially needed to counter extremism?

Mentors and teachers help others grow as a person
Mentors and teachers help others grow as a person

Mentors and teachers are a special gift to the human society.  These cannot simply be understood to be professions or titles, or some kind of a degree that is earned from an institution.  Rather, these are linked to the personal qualities and concerns of the individual.  Even more so, it is connected with how a person is able to connect with others to bring about their betterment.  Could this be achieved merely on the basis of academic excellence or having a vast storehouse of knowledge?  While those things certainly count, it is the concern and connection – the lighting up of the mind and heart – that fulfills the role of a mentor and teacher. (more…)

Becoming the kind of people who have a diversity of interests

We must step outside the tunnel to appreciate the diversity of interests and people
We must step outside the tunnel to appreciate the diversity of interests and people

Technology has affected not only societies but also the individual within them.  In particular, the way we search and access information has become very specific.  This is not a bad thing.  However, it also requires a user of technology to put this knowledge to use.  Using information is possible through understanding, and that understanding comes by being able to link together all relevant information.  It is the linking of information that produces originality, understanding, and even the personality of a person.  Therefore, society has come to be in need today of the kind of people who have a wide range of interests.  Such people – among whom we can think of counselors and diplomats – are the glue of society.  Being able to communicate with and understand a diversity of people makes for the possibility of peace and continued relations.  Shouldn’t we all put forth the effort to become such since the opportunity is available to us by means of the Internet? (more…)

Keeping the thrill of technology in proper perspective to regain control in communication

The thrill of communication needs balancing with responsibility
The thrill of communication needs balancing with responsibility

People seek thrill.  To fulfill that pursuit they look for adventure.  We all happen to be in a world right now where the next adventure is as close as our mobile phone.  When connected to the Internet, the whole world is open before us.  There are the possibility and prospect of visiting any place, reading endlessly, watching videos, listening to music etc.  Still, the greatest thrill is the ability to communicate with others.  Is it not so?  While it is a thrill, how can all of us still maintain perspective and a quality of our communication?  The answer should interest us because we all stand to benefit while we enjoy our present technology. (more…)

How can the youth protect themselves from addiction to technology?

Addiction to technology is easy
Addiction to technology is easy

It has been with every generation, especially in the past 100 years that addiction to technology has been a very real possibility.  Since the start of the industrial revolution, the speed of change has been tremendous.  Dependence on machines and development in technology has gone hand-in-hand.  The younger ones, more enthusiastic and curious by nature, have had the opportunity to get the benefit of these technologies.  At the same time, once these came to be for common use, the possibility of addiction also increased along with it.  Any generation is susceptible, but what can those especially prone to it – the young – try to keep in mind to maintain balance?

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Making the link between technology, culture, and youth – Arianna Huffington on Thrive Global

Come join me to discuss, debate and ask questions, kickstarting this urgently-needed conversation to ensure that 2018 is the year when we put technology in its right place and take back control of our lives.

Source: An Open Letter From Arianna Huffington to India on our Relationship with Technology | Thrive Global

The original article by Arianna Huffington is linked and presented at the start.  She, like other good observers, makes the link between technology and mental health.  The case of India is outstanding due to its old culture and a having a majority of young ones in the population.  In the interest of the future generations around the world, but especially in India, it is important to make these connections.  What can be done and what needs to be remembered in view of technology, youth, mental health, and Indian culture? (more…)

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