Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Inside out model for development

Inside-Out model for Development reforms

The Purpose of life
• The purpose of life is to fulfill one's Vasanas or yearnings.
• The intensity of this yearning is passion. A passionate person pursues his/her yearnings with great vigor. Passion comes from innocence and love. All work done without love but to acquire some other benefit leads to a residue (called Karma) that reduces our passion.
• The perusal of our yearning leads to the engagement with the world i.e. application of energy and intelligence.
• Fulfillment of every yearning leads to inner growth - personal evolution. However if a goal or yearning cannot be achieved in the given social framework then the fulfillment path first entails personal evolution followed by social evolution with some form of social re-engineering or re-structuring.

The role of society and social structures

Human beings have developed the ability to communicate with each other through speech, writing, body language, and even silence. We used communication ability to further our well being and growth. This has enabled the emergence of higher social entities, which exist in the form of various social institutions. Hence we call human beings are social beings with a strong interaction between various individuals. However the social structures in the form of institutions have a life of their own if they are not managed properly they often can become counter productive to individual well being and growth. The structure exists in the form of vision and mission as communicated to the people by whoever assumes leadership, social values, culture, policies, goals, and processes for decision making and implementation….

On Passion
Considerable concern has been expressed that unrestrained passion and freedom may harm the society. People may kill, rape, burgle, cheat… I want to make it clear that all activity (including anti social activity) has a motive. A person who has been loved can love. A person who has been accepted can accept others. A person who has been encouraged can encourage and so on. Only a truly happy person can be kind and moral. It is an Inside-Out effect. An unhappy person can never be truly good. We should be wary of persons who do not exude happiness but engage in so called good activities as he must be outright and openly antisocial. We must also re-look at happy people who apparently are antisocial (Robin Hoods).

People engaged in an activity they love – high positive energy.
People engaged in an activity out of trauma – high negative energy.
People engaged in an activity to look good – low energy.
People engaged in an antisocial activity due to fear – low energy.

When we speak of passion it is in the sense of a high positive energy.
"We are a passionate society, deepening the practice of our unique perspective of harmony and evolution. We interact vibrantly with rest of the world through sharing all that is of mutual interest and benefit for humanity at large”.

• The Inside–Out model is our unique perspective
• Mukti or Moksha or Liberation has been the central question of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions.
• Intuition has been the foundation of our perception. In which case we can leave out the phrase “our unique perspective of harmony and evolution” and trust that a passionate society will discover what is needed for us at a given point of time.

An alternative vision statement can thus read as
“A passionate society responding to our needs”.

Passion is promoted in a society, which does not traumatize its people and preserves the natural innocence of a child throughout their lifetimes. This requires the society to provide the following:
• Security
 Physical security
 Guaranteed Employment opportunities for people to purchase food, shelter and clothing
 Justice - that is humane and within the reach of every citizen
 Acceptance - equal treatment of all citizens
 Education - basic education to fend for oneself's Kama,

• Opportunities for growth
 Liberal environment - respect for all traditions and personal beliefs
 Encouragement
 Networking of people - roads, railway, airlines, telephones and internet
 Education - opportunity to interact with people and enrich our lives. Centers for higher learning - Artha,
 Trusting our people with important assignments, giving opportunities to local companies and businesses - Confidence building.
 Respect
 Love
• Leadership
Development of leadership is extremely important for giving direction to a society and giving a human touch to respond properly to the fast changing world without losing sight of our fundamental direction. Our mission for leadership consists of:
 A live field education system to develop leaders of impeccable character, vision, commitment - Dharma, Moksha.
 A mechanism to ensure that people of the above qualities are at the helm of affairs ( a true democracy)
 A mechanism for people participation


Blogger Kishor said...

Nice article. I like the following lines...
"all activity (including anti social activity) has a motive. A person who has been loved can love. A person who has been accepted can accept others. A person who has been encouraged can encourage and so on. Only a truly happy person can be kind and moral."

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