To be Different from Others
When we closely look at the recent history of the world, we begin to realize that human life in general is becoming more frustrating and complex day by day. This is mainly because of the fast-changing socio-economic-cultural realities of the world. People have become more self-centered, egoistic, intolerant, corrupt, suspicious, hedonistic, etc. People seem to draw their identity from ‘what they have’ rather than from ‘what they are’. In the process, they begin to compromise with life principles, moral values, and religious values and thus have reduced the human person to a commodity.
If we believe and accept that education is a formative process by which we prepare children to face life as it comes, then we have to seriously look into the whole existential educational scenario of the country. It is disheartening to see that schools have become educational shops.
“The higher the fees better the education” seems to be the slogan of the day. Subject-oriented approaches have taken precedence over student-oriented approach in almost all schools. I firmly believe that this is where schools like St. Xavier’s can make a difference by imparting value-based education which promotes life and upholds human dignity. It is not going to be as easy as it has been in the past. It will continue to be a challenge to all of us.
I wish and pray that the students of St. Xavier’s imbibe some of the basic human values such as love, compassion, hope, peace and faith through the curricular and co-curricular activities of the school and thus become Heralds of Good News in the world. May the Author of Life continue to accompany us in our life journey and help us in all our deliberations during this academic year. Let every Xavierite become socially conscious, intellectually competent, culturally relevant, morally upright, religiously vibrant, emotionally balanced, personally loving and loveable.
May the Patron of our school, St. Francis Xavier continue to intercede for all of us and may our students become men and women for and with others.
Fr. John Ravi, S.J.