Everyone believes in his youth that the world really began with him, and that all merely exist for his sake. * Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe,
Great Quotes for Great Educators
Youth is the first victim of war; the first fruit of peace.
- King Baudouin I, King of Belgium
According to the United Nations definition, “youth” are people between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four. This makes up approximately 18% of the world population. By this definition, while there are about 1.2 billion young people living in the world today, there will be 72 million more youth by 2025. As a matter of fact, the present generation of youth is the largest ever in history. Swami Vivekananda’s version of Youngsters….
Young Narendranath had observed for himself that the Youth of his age had a totally different psychology altogether. Neither of them had the thoughts which Naren had in his mind. His encounter with Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa had fanned the fire and had brought about a innovative renovation in his life, which converted Narendranath into Swami Vivekananda and in-turn, into a real, bold patriot who never ever feared taking India’s name with pride, even before the Whites. An instance for this may be his speech, which he delivered at Chicago, at the World Conference of Religions. There at the Conference, Swami Vivekananda spoke in an enchanting manner, about the rich and varied; political, cultural and secularistic heritage of India. It was the first and foremost time for the world that the residents of Chicago were addressed by someone as, “Brothers and Sisters of America” and not as “Ladies and Gentlemen”, and this someone, who made his mark in such a way, was none other than Swami Vivekananda. Strength and weakness…
Swami Vivekananda often said, “Strength is Life, weakness in Death”. He said so because he believed that strength is felicity, life eternal and immortal. On the other hand, weakness is constant strain and Misery, and to be more precise, weakness is as good as Death. This was his message to the Youth, to always possess a considerable amount of Strength in them and more importantly, to confide in it. But it occurs with regression that most of the youth take it for Physical strength and make them physically strong and don’t bother about their mental strength, which later plays a substantial role in their failure in tackling the problems of their life. Hitherto, the strength described by Swami Vivekananda was inclusive of both physical as well as mental strengths because, their combination makes a person Eveready; to face any sort of problems they encounter in his/her life. Hence, his version of youth should be sound, both physically and mentally. Education to Youths ~ Know its Importance
Education elucidates the difference between the right and the wrong and helps instill good qualities. What is the importance of education to youths? Let's understand. Youth is that stage of life when you dream big, hope for only the best to happen to you and look forward to a bright tomorrow. It is that phase when nothing seems impossible; you want to be successful and you believe you will. You feel you know exactly what you want from life and you believe you will get it. During these years, life looks bright and beautiful. You feel you can win the world. It's an important stage in your life - youth - when you turn into someone different. Turning from a child to an adult is a transition - a big transition. There's added confidence, added responsibility, there's growth, there's life - a new life. It's when you begin to understand yourself, discover your potential, know when opportunities knock your door and dream of only success. It's the time to reinvent yourself and redesign your personality. And that's where education has a big role to play. Education is the best tool to bring a positive change in society, to develop a generation of responsible individuals and contribute to the development of good human beings. The...