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"We must continue to strive and progress"

Harmanan Singh picHistory is a progress of meeting adversity with innovation, writes Harmanan Singh,17, a Correspondent from Mumbai in India, who argues that current and future problems can be solved by using the best of human qualities.

Humans have treaded on this earth from time immemorial, and the story of mankind has been one of innumerable highs and steadfast progress.

From the earliest ignition to modern day breakthroughs, our species has come a long way. Homo sapiens are the smartest creatures on the planet and have found a “sophisticated” solution to every prevailing roadblock.

Progress is a wheel. For every unearthed predicament arises another roadblock. Early man challenged the vagaries of nature and established civilisations, in fact every significant age in the glorious history of mankind has been marked with a breakthrough discovery or innovation. Shakespeare rightly quoted, “Sweet are the uses of Adversity”- the struggle for survival has unearthed the true potential of our intelligence.

The modern era presents a plethora of ominous problems. Conflicts, poverty, population explosion and environmental degradation are just a few examples. As an aware generation, we look for concrete solutions to these precarious situations.

Creativity And Innovation

Creativity and innovation are the major solutions to all roadblocks. The complexities and the potential of the human brain are unquestionable. Fountains of fertile ideas have made a drastic change to the world, for good. These visionaries have not only highlighted areas of concern, but have strived to provide suitable solutions. Solar cells, biodegradable plastics and Non-Governmental Organisations are just a few examples of this optimism. Governments must encourage research to attract youth to empower change. In parallel, we must be determined to initiate positive change. I am confident about a glorious future at the hands of such revolutionaries.

Being Aware and Cooperating

Being aware and knowledgeable about these problems and their causes is probably as important as initiating an action itself. We must categorically accept that change is the only constant, and must greet modern innovations cordially. The presupposition that “Ignorance is bliss” is highly inappropriate and not conducive to solutions.  The researchers and visionaries can only create modules, but these are rendered useless by an ignorant society. Their success largely depends on a cooperative society. Be it segregation of wastes to enhance conservation of resources, or some other issue, the world is ours to conserve.

Empathy

As positive agents of change, one must be empathetic towards fellow brethren and our environment. Empathy opens the door for new perspectives and is crucial for innovation. “I”, “Me” and “Myself” has no place in humanity, we shall swap it with “We”, “Us” and “Ourselves”. The world is highly globalised today. Interaction between diverse groups of people is inevitable; we must therefore establish better ties with people irrespective of their diversity.

Self-righteousness

Our brain, heart and sinew must all support our decision or actions. Our conscience differentiates between the wrong and the right. If we follow the righteous path, our world will be a better place to live in. The “Survival of the Fittest” theory should not be misinterpreted: one should not suppress others for selfish ambitions.

“Together we can” – the intellect and ability of human beings has the power to overcome every obstacle. We must continue to strive and progress.

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About me:

I am a Grade 12 science student in Mumbai, India. I am an explorer with an endeavour to visit every nation on this planet. I aspire to be a travel journalist and experience varied cultural vibes across geographies. Wildlife, debating, poetry and entrepreneurship are some of my other interests.

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?
To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles/commonwealthcorrespondents/
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