Category Archives: Student Think Tank for India

Dealing with Despair: Existentialism and Education

For a greater part of my later years in high school and my initial years of college I suffered from a bout of existential despair. There were protracted periods of time when questioning my world view and my way of life resulted in an overwhelming sense of futility and insignificance. I was so overwhelmed as an angst ridden teen that I made desperate attempts at suspending introspection. Addictive gaming. Binge watching shows and movies. A couple of months of aggressive smoking. A couple of months of aggressive drinking. Obsessing over a girl. The usual suspects of teenage waywardness.

YouthKiAwaaz Link: If You’re Dealing With An Existential Crisis This Post is Definitely For You

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A Note on the “Fierce Urgency of Now”

 

"We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood -- it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, "Too late."" (MLK Junior)

“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”” (MLK Junior)

Humanity is at a crucial juncture in history where crises of immense scale demand urgent action.

It’s easy to overlook the urgency of the times, as the transformative capacity of scientific progress has created an illusion of sociocultural progress. While scientific darkness is in constant recession, the light of justice, sustainability and prosperity, is locked in constant conflict with the darkness of injustice, destruction, and destitution, for control of the world’s social systems.

The organic institutions of the world’s social systems determine the nature of societal outcomes. The failure of these institutions has caused a cultural crisis that is the underlying cause of the world’s staggering challenges.

Jiddu Krishnamurthi, observed that, “it is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” The sickness that plagues today’s society is the culture of blind passivity and civic disengagement that is promoted by broken social institutions that influence people’s educational experiences.

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India’s Elite Undergraduate Institutions are Hurting It (Published on Youth Ki Awaaz)

another brick in the wallIndia’s elite undergraduate institutions are hurting it by having admission processes which cause a systemic suppression of innovation, leadership and thoughtfulness in a majority of the high schools in the country. One of the first things you read in any introductory economics text book is         that people respond to incentives. The curriculum of a bulk of the high schools in           Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd             any country is typically designed to help                                                                                         students secure admission to the most       sought undergraduate institutions in the country.

(This article was published on Youth Ki Awaaz. Link: How India’s Elite Undergraduate Institutions Are Suppressing Innovation and Leadership)

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Letter to the Members of the Student Think Tank for India (July 8th, 2014)

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Hello everyone.

I hope you have been having a fun and productive summer.

I wanted to update all the core STTI members about the recent developments in our organization. There are three main components to this update: (1) Analysis of our Organization’s Strategy Last Semester, (2) New Officer and Organizational Structure, (3) STTI Chapters in India. I hope you go through this letter as it will bring you up to speed with what’s been going on.

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