Have you ever wondered why, a lot of times, you just can’t seems to make progress in life despite the fact that you know so much about what it takes to succeed? You might have read thousands of books, you might have watched thousands of videos, you might have listened to hundreds of speakers and you might have acquired a wealth of knowledge that teach and guide you on Success. But, for one reason, you just don’t get pass reading or listening to such materials to actually living the life you desire. Now what could be that missing ingredient?
I don’t want to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows what is bad. Millions are out of work, Millions are scared of losing their job, Millions are getting wild in the street, people are pointing gun at each other and acting like animals. There is no body anywhere seems to know what to do and there is no end to it.
The world of plentiful resources is no more; nature is no longer bountiful and powerful. Our planet is dying. Eco-systems are collapsing as evident in the rising frequency and magnitude of natural calamities. Climate is changing with devastating impacts especially on the poor and the vulnerable. Species are disappearing into extinction to signal the approaching planetary conditions that will no longer sustain even human life.
Financial crises, food crises, energy crises, health crises are the order of the day rather than the exception. And communities are disintegrating, families falling apart – society is crumbling. As if these were not enough, governments are failing, conflicts mounting and wars over scarce resources are but inevitable. All the while, there is growing sense of discontent, alienation and dispossession. For too many, it is an insecure, inequitable and indeed, unhappy world that we live in today.
There is a boundless growth; a growth of destruction on a planet with limited resources no longer makes economic sense. It is the cause of our irresponsible, immoral and self-destructive actions. Irresponsible, because we extract, produce, consume and waste ever more, even as natural resources are rapidly depleting. Immoral and unethical because having consumed far beyond our share of natural wealth, our reckless profligacy amid unconscionable inequities comes at the cost of what belongs to generations unborn. Self destructive, because, aided by technology, we are bringing about the collapse of our ecological life support systems. Having far outlived its usefulness, our fundamentally flawed economic arrangement, has itself, become the cause of all problems. Within its framework, there lies no solution to the economic, ecological, social and security crises that plague the world today and threaten to consume humanity.
We know air is unfit to breathe, food is unfit to eat, and we are sick watching the TV’s where the newscaster tells us about war and death and nothing more but war and death, as if that’s the way is suppose to be. We know things are bad, worse than bad. It’s crazy. Its like everything everywhere is crazy that it’s not safe to go out anymore.
Well, things are getting worse day by day. I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to be violent. I don’t want you to create chaos and disorder. I don’t want you to waste your time any more. I don’t want you to feel so powerless. But, I don’t know what to do with the inflation. I don’t know what to do with the depression. I don’t know what to do with the Americans and the Russians and the North Koreans and the Chinese. I don’t know what to do with the crime in the street.
All I know is first, we have got to get mad, and we got to say I am a human being. God damn it! My life has a value. You all must say I am as mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore. Things have got to change! We got to change! We got to Change the way we live our life. We got to change the way we do things.
We got to stop the pursuit of limitless growth in a world of vastly depleted resources, population explosion and insatiable consumerism with questionable impact on human wellbeing. It just does not make sense any more. We got to change the way we live our life in order to safe the world and secure the future of the unborn. We got the power to make the change! And we got to change it now.
Happy blogging! Have a nice weekend
My sincere apologies to the readers for my blog has been dormant for almost a year
I, with the help of few friends have initiated a Charity Project titled ‘Give a Little, Make the Difference’ in May last year. The project is intended at collecting the second hand clothes and shoes from the university students and distributes it to the people in the remote villages of northern region of Thailand. So this project not only helps the weaker section of the society but also promotes the concept of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Now in existence for over a year, “Give a Little, Make the Difference”, continues to strive to expand our program and support to the underprivileged. It is our mission to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by providing basic necessities such as clothe and shoes. In order to meet our mission to life the disadvantaged, we rely on the generosity of the individuals and businesses for support. We have also organized a #icebucketchallenge to raise fund for the donation. Thailand’s prominent TV Channel, Voice TV and other local news agencies filmed the fund raising event.
|Donated clothes/shoes and kitchen utensils to the people of Noong Bua Village|
We have collected more than 700 KG of used clothes/shoes/kitchen utensils/households items and donated to the children and people in the remote villages of northern Thailand on 29 – 31 August 2014. The Bhutanese students who completed their courses donated most of the kitchen utensils. The clothes and shoes were collect from Shinawatra University staff and students. Other donations include books and stationaries to Save Haven Orphanage, Save Haven Learning Center and Sophia Wisdom Learning Center and medicines (drugs) to the local Basic Health Unit (BHU). In the past few months this BHU lost the life of several patients due to shortage of the drugs.
|Children eating spaghetti for lunch|
We also cooked and served spaghetti for lunch and Bhutanese food (Chicken curry, Kewa datsi and Fish curry) for dinner to the children of Save Haven Learning Center and Save Haven Orphanage on 30 August 2014. The Orphanage and Learning Center has a total of 120 students.
One the way back to Bangkok, we have donated clothes and
shoes to the roadside workers, field workers and refugees.
Pictures and Videos can be viewed at Give a Little, Make the Difference!
Media Coverage: http://shows.voicetv.co.th/voice-news/115568.html
Youth are the builders of tomorrow. The more care and attention the government bestows on them, the rich and prosperous the nation would be. For a healthier economy, fairer society and stronger democracy youth must be the top priority. Today’s youth is probably the most educated generation of all time; even so, the youth unemployment rate is regarded as one of the toughest problems in many countries. As in Carlyle’s words “A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune’s inequality exhibits under the sun.” It not only haunts young people who are struggling to find a job, it also imposes a heavy price on the economies and societies at large.
Bhutan is undergoing a state of transition, from monarchy to constitutional democracy and culture and tradition to social modernization. Bhutan is admired worldwide for its living spiritual and the rigorous pursuit of Gross National Happiness as the guiding principle of development. However, the pursuit of Happiness is not without its casualties. As modernity and consumerism take hold, Bhutan is facing a host of problems. Amongst many others youth unemployment is a serious issue. Despite the consistent efforts of the governments and concerned authorities, the challenging youth problems are on constant rise. According to the UNDP, Bhutan’s youth unemployment rate of 7.3 % is one of the highest in the region. The number of young people graduating from colleges or completing their schooling and entering the labor market has reached alarming figures and for too many of them the transition to work is problematic. Given the already high unemployment rates implies that new entrants to the labor market will not be able to enroll in productive employment unless properly equipped with appropriate skills.
Youth unemployment in Bhutan is mostly concentrated among the educated as a result of the incapability of the poor economy to create new job opportunities sufficient to accommodate the annual increase in the job seekers, which is largely composed of young people entering the job market for the first time after obtaining their first stage of higher studies. It is also due to lack of consistency between the outcomes of the educational system and the needs and demands of the job market in terms of various specializations and skills. In fact, the economic growth over the last decade did not contribute to a growth in youth employment, though there was a vast growth in demand for manual labor. Bhutanese young people are getting educated and do not want to figure out as farmers or laborer in the construction industry.
While in that respect are many causes behind the youth unemployment rate, causes stem from issues related to the structure of job and labor market to education. The high unemployment rate of youth can be partly attributed to the limited relevance of education and skills development to the needs of the labor market; to the practical absence of effective systems of public employment agencies; underdevelopment of the private sector; rapid population growth (more than 60% of the total population is youth); substantial growth of school enrolment; rising trend of rural-urban migration; limited employment relevant education and training that results in young people leaving school without the skills requisite for employment and the expectations of high salary on the part of the educated youth entering the economy; in addition to the slowdown in economic activities due to shortfall of Indian Rupee and soaring of external debt lately.
Bhutan is in an age of social transition and young people’s failure to start their career will not only lead to waste of human resources but also possibly trigger serious social problems. For instance, the lack of decent job exposes young people to high levels of economic uncertainty. Some serious consequences of youth unemployment and insecurity are linked to the exclusion of young people from a productive role in the adult world of work that could demoralize them, undermine social cohesion and lead to social problems such as crime, drug abuse, vandalism, prostitution, etc. which bring disharmony in the society.
Being unemployed for a longer period could bring serious frustration to the young people. It is absolutely damaging to their self-esteem and moral that may hamper their positive contribution to the society. They may begin to question their abilities and gradually decline to make further contact with society. These agitated youth wanders around and dive into drugs, alcohol and all varieties of substance abuse or unethical behaviors causing trouble and then end up in jails. Not to mention a considerate amount of money has to be spent in supporting the unemployed.
Such patterns will persist in the future if no holistic approach is initiated to alter the employment situation. As for measures, the government bears the highest responsibility of providing the youth with effective solutions. It has become really important to address the social and economic challenges confronted by the youth in order to help them become productive and responsible citizens of the country.
Education and training are a major instrument, if not the instrument for enhancing the employability, productivity and income earning capacity of youth. Young people need broad, general, employable skills combined with training in specific skills and exposure to the world of work that will ease the movement from school to the work. Studies indicate that employment issues are increasingly influenced by the level and quality of education and training and by their relevance to labor market demands and opportunities. The mechanisms such as apprenticeships, alternating training and the involvement of young people in the working world during their schooling, would also play a vital role in their future employability. Along with, the government can formulate and amend the policy framework to improve youth employment and encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment. It is often said that youth is the ‘Wealth’ of the nation. It is true in every sense of the word. The term wealth must not, however, be understood as the material wealth. The core of this wealth is about character and it is the character that the elders, parents, teachers and so on should try to inculcate among youth. This is the reason why it is important to lay emphasis on character building in schools where the foundations of good citizenship are laid. A youth with a healthy character will adopt the right mindset: positive in outlook and global in ambition. For optimism stems not from denying change, but from recognizing the possibilities it presents.
The lack of information on the labor market status with regard to employment, job vacancies and training requirements resulted in the current chaotic situation with the mismatch between demand and supply of labor. In other parts of the world, the unemployed youth gets the help of specialized offices to identify appropriate jobs that are commensurate with their education and skills- including retraining to facilitate entry to labor markets. They also obtain unemployment benefits that cover subsistence living and prevent them from falling into the poverty trap. Such measures can be best practiced with the establishment of a job market information center that can provide all types of jobs demanded in the local market with regular updates on vacancies and projections for new jobs that will be opened in the near future.
Youth unemployment has been growing; the financial crisis can’t take all the blame. Combating it requires to challenge conventional wisdom: by removing, where possible disincentives to hire and to work; by reforming educational institutions; by ramping up apprenticeships and mentoring. Teachers and parents, business leaders and policy makers all have a crucial part to play. Youths! There has never been a better time to be young; the universe is exploding with opportunity, every day, new inventions answer questions that were never thought to ask.
I couldn’t hold back my tears after reading this post on Dasho Nima Tshering's Face book wall. So with his permission I am sharing it on my blog as a “symbol of hope and courage.”
-Written by Dasho Nima Tshering
I wrote it down just as I listened to her: " I AM Chimi Yuden from very Remote Village of Nabji in Trongsa. I am on the verge of dropping out from school due to financial constraints as my mother passed away and my father is chronically sick. I have no able member of the family to support me as all six of us, children, are dependents. We are 3 sisters and 3 brothers. We are all vulnerable. We are poor. When I was 9 years Old in 2006. I came to Thimphu as a babysitter since my parents could not afford to JUST CAN NOT HAVE ME to school. My mother passed away in 2008 and my father has always been chronically sick. I worked as babysitter for 3 years. In 2011 when I was 14 years old I forced my father to Let Me Go to school but he did not listen to what I requested to him rather he always kept on telling me to marry somebody and help him and younger brothers and sisters at home. But I did not Listen to him since I AM very interested to Study. Other school going Children like to become Somebody in My Future. With all of My Effort and Effort with My Own, I went to school in 2011 myself. During Vacation and weekends, I have always been working in somebody's house as a babysitter to make my school expenses.
Now I have completed Class Four and going to Class Five at Nabji Community Primary School since I was double promoted twice for my academic excellence. I was topping all my classes. In 2011, I topped class PP in mid-term examination by big margin so the school double promoted me to class I. In 2012, I topped class II mid-term examination by big margin so again the school double promoted me to class III. But now as I go up higher classes, school expenses are also getting more and it's beyond my means even if I babysit and study. I am now on the verge of dropping out and left without any choice if I don't get help to continue my education to fulfill my dreams and aspirations. I Promise that I will study very hard and serve My King, Country and People."
|Image by Dasho Nima Tshering|
Struggles and her story of courage left me speechless. Therefore, I thought I would seek your immediate help so that Chimi would not have to negotiate between babysitting and schooling; after all she had already negotiated and fought hard against early marriage and teenage pregnancy to go to school without help. It breaks my heart. What about yours? Vulnerable girls like Chimi are smart, intelligent, and brave. Babysitting is not for them. Our dream has to enable not only these but also to Girls Education show them to get opportunities so that they could path to achieve, pull their potentials in life as Bhutanese Citizens and responsible global productive citizens. As A Society, we have to do something. Empirical evidence from studies and hard data show that heavier load of housework given to girls and the incidence of Early Marriage in rural Bhutan are some of the reasons that affect Girls' Education. Preventing early marriage and reducing early teenage pregnancy are also emerging development challenges for Bhutan. Data show that the adolescent fertility rate of Bhutan is 47 per 1,000 in 2010, which is more than twice the east Asia average. This is alarming because it affects both the health of the nation and the education of the nation. It's a matter of public policy. We must have Public policies that truly serve the public better, including Vulnerable Girls like Chimi.
But for now, I want to introduce Chimi to you so that together you can help Chimi's immediate needs in a show of "Social Solidarity" for our fellow Human being. Here's a plan how you can help Chimi: - Chimi Yuden Needs to go back to school by First Week of February 2014. - Her Rough Expenses for One year (2014), including clothes, would be around Nu. 10,000 - If more help is possible, She also has Two younger brothers without support (One going to Class VII and One going to Class I). Let's say, Nu. 5000 each for two of them, for the year 2014. Her Younger Sister has already dropped out from Class II and went to become a NUN due to financial constraints. – So our
Goal 1: Nu. 20,000 for three of them. If not successful, then our
Goal 2: Nu. 10,000 for Chimi Yuden.
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Inbox me, or call/SMS me at 17603612 for your support. On January 16 2014, whatever support we rendered together will be handed over to Chimi Yuden by some of you in a transparent manner with the Highest Ethical Standards. Contributing and showing "Social Solidarity" to Protect Chimi's Dreams is more than Just a small act of kindness on your part. It's more than just a humanitarian gesture. It would be your subtle statement saying "No!" to illiteracy, saying "YES!" to girls' education, saying "NO!" to poverty, saying "Yes!" to human dignity, saying "No!" to child labour, saying "Yes!" to equal Opportunity, and much more.
Let Chimi's courage pursue her Life's Dreams through Education against all odds be a symbol of hope for vulnerable girls in Bhutan.
-Written by Dasho Nima Tshering
(Share it to increase the support Base for courageous Chimi. Together, let's keep the flame of hope alive).
Thank you for your time.