Sunday, 27 June 2010

It is better to have a look rather than hearing hundred times


I was lucky enough to be a part of DSAM delegates last week to explore Japan’s experience and knowledge for differently abled children and adults. We had a one week busy visit in Tokyo and Yokohama and it was impossible to have this great opportunity without help of Mr.Nobushige Yamauchi (M.Ed) who is Managing Director of Learning Disabilities Association Kanagawa and Mr.Hiroyuki Oyaizu who is Director General of NISVA (Nippon Skilled Volunteers Association). On behalf of all members of DSAM, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our Japanese friends. Even though it was a one-week trip, every single minute was precious for all of us. We were all energized by the Japanese professionals’ supportive actions and challenging discussions. As a developing country with limited resources, DSAM tries to position itself to have vision with passion for its long term successful operation in Mongolia. It was amazing experience to feel that not only Japanese people’s real actions and tight collaboration but also methods and methodologies how Japanese synergize education and business communities with mentally challenged people. This trip allowed us to meet Mr.Shuichi Ohno, Managing Director of Nippon Foundation which is the core sponsor of NISVA.  

Personally, I always believe that the love is the fundamental factor of the meaning of mankind’s life. However there are many different people in the world, we should have the same life principle to create what we call “perfect world”. Our life meant to be a pleasure for all of us unfortunately it has become a pressure for most of us. It is very sad to acknowledge that only 1% of world population owns 40% of the planet’s wealth and 50% of the world’s population lives on less than 2 dollars a day. I did not mention here about disabled people’s statistics. Therefore, if we cannot change this situation, then what is our responsibility as a human being? It seems that passion is one of the most important parts of human life which makes people to be the agent of change. It is an exceptional human nature to contribute their inputs to others’ societies. Moreover, I would say that respect is a treatment to be tranquilized. With respect, all we can create synergy among our society. I strongly felt all these positive energies last week throughout of the trip.

We have a very small and fragile boat which is called the earth but we are on the deep blue ocean so called the universe. Due to the rapid technological development and globalization, the weight and consumption of our boat has exceeded what it should be. We have two paddles so called an economy and a society. If we do not balance these 2 paddles, the boat will lose its direction where it meant to reach! But who is the captain to lead the boat crew? It can be said that the governments. The government consists of various minded politicians. Politicians are financially supported by big corporations, companies, and the public. Behind these organizations there are entrepreneurs and employees! Hence, it can be said that it is very difficult to create a pleasant community if there is lack of passionate people.

There is no doubt that you, me, and we all human being who are totally dependent on natural law but not really on social law. Every single person has a different feeling, different culture, different attitude, different behavior, and different value than others. Based on our different feelings, we all have different commitments to each other. This is our society. These are who we are! Quality of human beings in our society goes up from mass to niche group whereas the quantity of people who belonged into those certain groups is increasing from the niche to mass group. It cannot be said that these kinds of different groups exit because of people’s different IQ or basic skills. But it is because of just the love! I would argue that both developed and developing countries are being challenged by this issue nowadays.

Today human beings can do almost everything as they wish because of their knowledge, skills, and technology. But sometimes the only thing missing is love! Japan has all but the love has been positioned in combination with its unique culture as a bottom part of Japan society’s pyramid to maintain its sustainable development. To sum up, I would like to say that there is a Mongolian proverb saying that “It is better to have a look rather than hearing hundred times”. It was indeed a wonderful experience for us to bridge our “in house” knowledge with best Japanese practices in real life. 

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