Adapting to sudden change in the world and reinventions are the important concepts that are not taught in the structured education system. And we are not accustomed to the change but we will have to learn to accept the change of technology and reinventing our self with time. This changing and fast technology called Internet is making things better at all level if we look at the positive side of it. This is the only technology that has brought the world more closer, accessible by providing equal opportunity in every field. I am not saying that it is easy but there are almost 4 billion internet users who are there to listen to you. They are giving you there attention. Isnt? Ofcourse, there are always consequences, there will always be people in the world with bad news which will blast and spread like fire all over the internet. But internet is an open platform open to both good and bad news. So, there is equal opportunity for good news to blast but only if we want it, which will require consistent efforts from your side. We have unlimited opportunities and we cannot escape or give excuses anymore.
This piece of content is going to be hard to read for the Indian youth as Digital Guru (DG) asked them a simple question and had a much needed conversation on- “What is the most common trait you see in the behavior of today`s youth”.
Surprisingly, Digital guru got so many answers like -herd mentality, life sucks, wants to be extraordinary by doing ordinary things, wants everything easily, lazy but creative, short term benefits, defensive attitude, succumbing, expectations, trust, anger, rebellious, lack of perseverance but digital guru thinks that youth sucks. I think, most of the youth will be able to relate yourself in the below conversation.
Youth – I think there is a need of realization of how youth have no curiosity, no humanity, aimless and running after material stuff.
DG- So what do you think we should do? What is the real solution?
Youth- We need to work on the roots.
DG- I agree but how?
Youth- They have to undergo self realization, introspect themselves to become a better person. Technology is at par which makes us feel less grateful to the real things in life. Well, I worked with kids in the untouched areas of the country at the root level for a month which is very important. I realized that It is not about education, its beyond that. The girls and boys were interested in learning about the environment and how important it was for them to save the indigenous crops of there place. The world is busy running its own business. If we have to make an impact it can never be done alone, if we become aware of something we should keep trying to make others aware of it. In the end the impact needs to be on a large scale and not just to ourselves. But I think it is next to possible because everything is driven with greed and selfishness. Everyone wants to have more without putting in any efforts.
DG- I have few points- I don`t think that technology is going to change at all. Its going to get bigger and you cannot stop it. And these indigenous kids are completely aware about the environment but are not aware about the technology which I believe should be the main point of concern. They should be made aware of the technology in a positive way.
My question is that Do you think that Internet is the solution to all the questions?
DG- Why? There are almost 4 billion internet users and you can reach to all of them.
Youth- Its not just about reaching these people, its about influencing their mindset. For ex: one guy in my social media tagged a few people in a post wherein a machine was installed to dispense 5rs for every plastic bottle deposited in it. She asked the society if this was a good initiative and did the hasttag of world`s environment day. I saw two things – 1. No body gives a shit. 2. Some of the people made fun of her as she made the hashtag on some other date as world environment day is celebrate on 5th June.
DG- I think you are too soft. Just couple of guys made fun of you does not mean that Internet is not the solution. Just one post in not going to change the world and environment. Let me ask you some questions. Do you buy stuff online?
Youth- yes, I do
DG- Did your behavior changed from offline shopping to online shopping?
DG- Do you know people along with big business giants didn’t believed and made fun of these guys who started selling things online for ex : Jack Ma “founder of ali baba” who is now a billionaire. But he didn`t become what he is today in just 1 month but it took ages and that ages came along with struggles and hurdles. The sad fact is that we try to escape these hurdles and struggles, so if we really want to educate the people about environment, I believe that Internet is the only way in 21st century. Before it was books, radio, now internet and in future it will be virtual reality.
DG- Like you said, that it would require perseverance and continuous efforts without expecting anything in return for coming 3-4 years and not backing out.
Youth- Yes, I agree
DG- So, do you think that internet is the solution?
Youth- Yes, If its well equipped to influence the people well.
DG- Indeed. Internet is the only solution, I can understand the there is lot of negativity out there which is getting stronger. But I also believe that internet can make positivity louder only if, positive people comes with more optimism.
For now, We were just talking about the environment and education. But Digital guru came across many posts which were filled with complains related to corruption, policies, BJP, congress, Hindu, Muslim etc. These are real problems. I completely agree. Here is one more hard truth and amazing fact that no one told you. These things are not going too change for you or for coming 100 generations. We have learned this fact already in past 70 years of development phase in India. But another incredible fact that you didnt noticed that almost 2 billion people joined internet and social media in 2012 in one way or the other which have your attention. And they are completely mutual and they are not the part of any political party that have only 1000 main players. But these 1000 players are making the good use of Internet. Isn`t?
Do you have problems with Government?
Do you have problems with the changing environment?
Do you have problems with education system?
Let me tell you guys, almost quarter of Indian population is using the Internet which is good enough number to start with the change you want to bring in the society.
Time to do it.