Sadat Riyaz

Failure: A teacher worth having

Failure: A teacher worth having
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It is drastic and frightening that after an unexpected failure, the first thing that strikes the mind of the youth is suicide. The only thing they see feasible after a collapse, is their death. They don’t consider giving a second thought to it and just jump to the conclusion. A conclusion that is evil, hard and ridiculous. This is akin to judging the book of life judge life over a single page and become ready to shred the whole book just because a page of it according to them, becomes stained. Failing or whatever you call it, is never a insignia of your intellect, adroitness, your abilities and capabilities, you ken.
This is why it won’t be a sweeping statement that our education system is entirely flawed. It obviously is. What our pedagogues fail to teach is that failure is one of the greatest teachers one encounters in life. Failure, be it in any field or on whatever pitch – academic, love, business, etcetera – is a step that takes you forward if you push your anger, your frustration and everything else you have in a right direction. Failures make success. They mould and bind you, make you strong, let you grow and prepare and train you for what you would encounter the next time. What the education system and the books fail to teach students is that life itself is a teacher. Every second of it sculptures one for the next second. The previous second teaches you a lesson and the next one takes the test. This is a give and take process. If people were directed to run a race, the day they are injured, they would surely quit. What else do you expect? The system doesn’t teach students how to fireback, doesn’t equip them well for rising from the ashes and doesn’t tutor them on how a fallen has a rise. This education is no education. They are just brainwashing our minds and filling them with stuff they like, stuff they want them to think on. They educate on what to think not how to think and this, I find, is the most pernicious and disastrous approach. This not only reflects on the students but on the families and society at large. The didactic lessons are nowhere to be found. Life never demands lessons from books memorized line by line. What it demands is that you have the ability, the courage to learn a lesson it throws at you.
But one thing that is pertinent to mention is that our society is the one that kills us the most. Failure and downfall of any type is stigmatized as if a person is a drug addict, murderer or anything equally evil. This harangue that is sharper than sword and much piercing than bullets leaves students dumfound. The chagrin one has at a loss is immense which no one else is able to imagine. This is indubitable. They just gawk daftly and castigate the criminal in their eyes, conflagrate his/her life with the fuel of their words and a spark of their iniquitous gaze. How they besmirch one is a sort of terrorism. They are always harrowing. The incarceration that they create is butchering. Deterring is all what they know. But what the youth should know is that they are not bereft of the potential it needs to counter these smears hurled at them. This is the world you have to face, these are the people who will pull you down. I am reminded of an adage here which reads, “People are just like crabs. Try getting out of the mud and they pull you down by your leg.” Let people be that, we can’t change them. There are a lot of other things to be done, and the ones worth your time. Let them do the talking, because that is the only thing they can do. But one thing is there that you don’t have to be docile. Don’t let people govern and influence your minds as they would only make it worse. Learn to set a goal and make it a reality no matter what it takes and how much it takes. Failures just keep coming and going. They are meant to be there. If it were not for the failures that we go through, we would be no humans. Perfection is only the Almighty’s thing. We only follow it, with failure coming our way through.
Learn life as it unwinds, don’t let your losses govern you, rather govern them and direct them to invigorate you. But this would only be possible once you know your faults as well and work on them. Don’t be contingent upon talks for achieving your goals. Life is full of impediments and it goals won’t come easy.
The results of the board exams that came out recently stormed me. What people opined about these results made me worried. As a student I ask, is this what my life is about? Is getting huge marks or outshining someone else all what my education is for?

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