Value of Ethics and Aspiration: the Bangladesh Chapter Mohammad Mashnun Hossain To become good at any aspect of life is certainly not an easy task to accomplish. One has to go through an immense amount of hardship before attaining his or her dream goal. As we are now living in a world which gets more competitive day by day, it is important to scrutinize our wishes from different perspectives before getting started. Let us take a close look what generally works behind any student’s mind while being asked the following question “What’s the aspiration of your life? Especially when you put this question right after their school certificate results like SSC, the meritorious ones with beaming faces would most likely state their ambitions of becoming either doctors or engineers, (though few students may say that they want to be good human beings and when they are asked how to become a good human being they would say by being a doctor or engineer! ) The current trend also suggests the demand of business program which is the Bachelor of Business Administration famously known as BBA. Concurrently, students wishing to enter other fields express their interests too.
It can be assumed that the aspiration behind each profession fosters the young minds to take on the challenge of real life. Well, the aspiration certainly assists; it is a driving factor of achieving success but is it all? If that is the case then why after thirty seven years of independence we still lag behind as a nation comparing to the most of our South Asian counterparts? Let alone the whole world. If we evaluate the present situation carefully we will immediately realize that “Aspiration alone can be a tricky thing”. Our health care system can be a prime example.
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Most people, who can afford, prefer to go abroad for health purpose for minor operations which can be easily done in our country. Why do they prefer to go abroad? This is because of the fact that they get right care there. (Though the scenario is now slightly improved as some private hospitals emerged recently). But what is the situation of mass people who are incapable of receiving treatment from these expensive infirmaries? What kind of acceptance do they get from public hospitals? Real life tells us different story about other things too.
Paying bribes for the connection of gas, water, telephone are the common occurrences that anyone can remember. So why are these things happening to us when the people behind these are supposed to be the masterminds of our country? The purpose of this write up is not to criticize the professionals; rather it intends to find out the answers of the above questions. These questions indicate one fact only, that something vital is missing from our current education system and that’s why the situation tends to get worse instead of going to the opposite direction.
The examples stated above represent the outcome of our created system. When those brilliant students express their desired professions, they actually want to deliver their service to the nation knowingly or unknowingly but the lack of appropriate training hurts them badly. This imposes the most intriguing question. What is the definition of appropriate training which can nurture the young talents? It is unfortunate that our education system only teaches us to carry out tasks but does not provide us with enough information of what kind of impact will it create for the humanity.
To ensure the development of our nation we need to restructure of our education system as it is being very partisan. Our education generates aspiration in a student’s mind but does not necessarily make a student an ethical human being which is of paramount importance to create him a responsible citizen. Aspiration without ethics can certainly create an unhealthy competition which sets up the background for the well known problems of our country. Aspiration and ethics should receive equal consideration.
Objectives must be defined in students mind before they approach to select their professions. We need to incorporate moral values with our traditional system. Another important aspect regarding the issue is to learn to implement good deeds because mere theories cannot solve the problem alone. Therefore, emphasis must be given on how to enforce the moral teaching in our practical life. Academic institutions should address this issue and arrange workshops for the students.
The role of the media is also very crucial regarding this matter as it can convey the message to all walks of people. If we are able to apply this in a proper way, lots of problem will not even exist. Change has become a buzzword after the presidential campaign of Obama, but true change is not possible until we change ourselves. Our desired transformation from Good to Great demands more than just the occupational skill. To go that far what is better than an aspiration crusted with ethics? (Student of Economics Department, North South University)