We can take a pessimistic view and consider breaking down of old orders and structures of society as a tragedy which would leave us defunct in several ways, or we can be more proactive and I dare say ‘optimistic’.
The society is becoming more and more dynamic with each passing day. Equations change by the minute and ideas are birthed every second. What was relevant yesterday might become obsolete the next day. When we look at the present times, it can be safely said that dogmatism is facing its most colossal challenge yet. So, as we witness this constant struggle between the new and the old, how do we strike a balance?
We can take a pessimistic view and consider breaking down of old orders and structures of society as a tragedy which would leave us defunct in several ways, or we can be more proactive and I dare say ‘optimistic’. We can look at it as an opportunity for a hopeful search for newer ways of being and shaping our cultures. To do this, we will have to accept that some things are no longer working and build a consensus to look at why are certain aspects of the social order no longer tenable instead of being led by bombastic ideologies.
There are several ways of approaching any issue. Sometimes people show a strange reluctance in accepting change and consider any form of disruption to the set order as a threat to be avoided at all costs. However, in the present scenario doing so would be counterproductive. As we look more into the ‘why’ of these changes, we would also be able to comprehend which parts of the old structures need to be preserved, which need to be transformed and where a completely fresh perspective is required in view of the contemporary contexts.
More than ever before, we need to be open-ended and entertain new ideas that could help us see through the transitions of the 21st century. Let us enter 2018 on a note to be positive and to welcome new beginnings!
Dr. Chenraj Roychand