There lived some great men and we as school kids and college students were made to read their thoughts and internalize them. Generally these thoughts were about how we should live our life, what are the thumb rules and what should be our principles. We were supposed to derive inspiration from those great souls.
However time has come to a pass. Only few great man are left in the country whom we can follow blindly. In an environment where no one can be trusted I feel we should teach different kind of thoughts to our younger generation. Thoughts that highlight certain contrasts and question why such a contrast exists. For example this one is picked from Arun Shourie’s book The Parliamentary System.
Why is it that, to take the obvious contrast, in industry new leaders are emerging by the year, leaders who are doing better and more innovative things; but in public life second-raters are giving way to third-raters, politicians are giving way to politicians dependent on criminals, and the latter to criminals-who-have-become-politicians?
Why is it that while our entrepreneurs are venturing into newer and newer fields, that while they are registering conquests in more and more distant countries, that while they are thinking and planning farther into the future and transforming their operations today so that they may outdo the world in the distant future, why is it that while in one sphere we see these features, in the other sphere, our politicians are stoking ever narrower sections, why is their horizon becoming shorter and shorter?