Today we define illiterate people as ones who never went to school for formal education. Illiterates in the 21st century, however, will have education, but they just won’t know how to manage the flow of knowledge. Let me explain:
Back in the day when a spiritual teacher and his students began their evening meditation, a cat who lived in the monastery made a peculiar noise that distracted them. One day the teacher ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice. Years later, when the teacher died, the cat continued to be tied up during the meditation session. And when the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up. Centuries later, learned descendants of the spiritual teacher wrote scholarly treatises about the religious significance of tying up a cat for meditation practice.
There are so many similar instances that we can think of that continue to be a part of our lives when they were actually never meant to be. Some people have the courage to question such practices and it is that courage that gives rise to a social change-an uproar. Once people start questioning previous assumptions, the new ‘thinking’ will most likely not dissipate. It will linger around at the back of people’s mind till action is taken. Social change just needs a beginning. Anything-a tweet, a viral video, or a photograph. I am genuinely looking forward to the rest of 2012-looking forward to witness and maybe even become a strong part of a new and exciting social change that changes the way people live. I want to see people questioning not only `why the cat was being tied up`, but why it was there to begin with.
Remember, the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn- (Alvin Toffler). Next time you see a cat being tied up, make sure you ask why.