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Photo: Aliensmedia "It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a greathope that it so seldom achieves great results. ...

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"It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a greathope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the pastrather than the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those whocontrol the teaching of the young" - Bertrand Russell
The world is vast changing and moving at a pace we can (only) safely term the speed of light, little wonder it is called the jet age. We live in a world where change has tobe taken for granted, and where the rate of change appears to be increasing steadily (though probably the rate at which it is increasing is itself increasing). This is due to the effects of a combination of factors such as; advances in technology, particularly information and communication technology, globalization, the Internet, breakdown of cultural and, since the end of the cold war, political barriers, leading to more rapid exchange of ideas; the spread of literacy and higher education; greater openness to the contribution of different cultures, the decline of conservative institutions, such as the extended family, and authoritarian regimes.

Learning to livewith change, to embrace it and not to be frightened by it is a task for us all,and involves not so much cognitive abilities as appropriate feelings and attitudes. Leadership, too, requires a new approach. As business strategists such as Dr Lynda Gratton of the London Business School and Professor Richard’scase of the University of Kent are predicting, tomorrow’s leaders will need tocope with more demanding customers and a more discerning employee base. Henceto build any structure for goodwill and posterity, it must be able to withstand contemporary issues and complexities. The leaders of the future will need to befacilitators – leaders who enable others to develop their own leadership and potential. They will also be collaborative leaders, highly skilled in developing and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships and able to influence and lead non-employees and stakeholders. These both require a new set of skills and attitudes for leadership – emotionally intelligent skills and attitudes.

For most of the history of mankind people has been overwhelmingly preoccupied with what Maslow would call safety and survival needs: warding off physical threats, getting enough to eat and drink and bringing up the next generation. With the coming of the Industrial Revolution, people went to work to get money to house and feed themselves. It is just over 100 years since Thorsten Veblen published his book on “The Theory of the Leisure Class”, and in developed countries the majority of the population is now relatively leisured – or could be if they chose to be. Many people are no longer preparedto exchange hours of boring drudgery and partial loss of liberty for cash.

For many years this exchange has been fostered by the triumph of western materialism: people wanted more and more, often for purposes of conspicuous consumption, and for that they needed more and more money. Increasing material wealth has not brought in its train increasing happiness: having too little money may make you anxious and unhappy, but above a basic minimum having more will not make you happier.

The triumph of materialism in the West to date has, therefore, been an empty triumph, and, coinciding as it has with a decline in adherence to revealed religion, has led to a psychological revolution: the evolution of humanism.

Humanism positsthe human being, with his or her needs and aspirations, as the central value ofour society and as the solution to the crisis of meaning which has assailed Western culture ever since the abandonment of the selfish materialism of the“me” generation at the end of the twentieth century.

Nowadays, many people seek to spend their lives not just earning money for themselves at whatever personal cost, but working in accordance with their values, which include the promotion of a society in which human rights are completely realized: the right to health, education, freedom, spirituality, search for the meaning of life and an existence with dignity. As well as seeking work which accords with their values, educated employees in particular – those belonging to what economists and sociologists would traditionally have called thewhite-collar and managerial class – seek work that fosters their self development, that allows them to grow towards what they could possibly be. In Maslow’s terms, they seek opportunities for self-actualization at work. In plain terms people crave the need to be a part of something great, a crave forrelevance and not necessarily a toil for bread. Today we can see the rate at which job satisfaction dwindles in the corporate sector as well as others allover the world.

Friends, my main message to you today is to seize the crave towards materialism which is a mere survival skill and live life abundantly by looking inwards towards there cognition or discovery of purpose. No amount of accomplishment can replacethe power and the motivation of finding your own special niche and working towards your dreams.

The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without a reason. It is dangerous to bealive and not know why you were given life. One of the most frustrating experiences is to have time, but not know why. Thus, the deepest craving of the human spirit is to find a sense of significance and relevance. The search for relevance in life is the ultimate pursuit of man. Conscious or unconscious,admitted or not, this internal passion is what motivates and drives every humanbeing, either directly or indirectly. It directs his decisions, controls hisbehavior, and dictates his responses to his environment.

This need for significanceis the cause of great tragedies. Many suicides and attempted suicides owe their manifestation to this compelling need. Many mass murderers and serial killers confess the relationship of their antisocial behavior to their need to feelimportant or to experience self-worth.

This passion forrelevance and a sense of significance makes one race or ethnic group elevateitself above another. It also gives birth to prejudice and causes thefabrication of erroneous perceptions that result in grave injustices and the conception of abominable dreams and in-human behavior. It also gives birth to tyrants and dictators who easily sacrifice the sacredness of human life anddignity for a temporary sense of significance.

I’m here toreassure you today that God has great plans for you and most importantly areason for giving you life. That purpose can easily be found entrenched in thethings that brings you joy. I dare ask you to engage in those activities orwork that gives you pleasure, then discover how you can perfect the act in away no one else can and the world will thank you in return by patronizing and idolizing you.

That’s how itworks and that’s the answer to fame and fortune...be yourself. You are the best YOU that can ever be. All you need to be you is already pre-installed in you. Takeout the time to search within you. Surround yourself with people who canencourage you to be the best you can be.

The world is waiting for your manifestation.

5th January 2015
First published: Iron Dome www.thesheet.ng.com


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