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An Inner Journey of Ahimsa — 18 Mar 2022

Once upon a time, in what feels like another lifetime, I used to teach in an elite business school in Singapore. There were several reasons I stepped away from that cushy life, including my corporate consulting background not being entirely aligned or satisfied with being in academia, the job not quite allowing for integration of my work in peacebuilding, and so on. But most of all, it was about a huge dissonance with what business schools look for when they recruit candidates, and the systemic ripple effect of that.

Even now, a lot of business schools continue to prefer candidates that are great with English language, numerical and logical skills, and a fair degree of general knowledge, given that the entrance procedures entail GMAT or other such aptitude tests. The corporate organisations that hire from these schools also therefore end up hiring people with similar aptitude. The more elite the brand of the school, the better the opportunities for candidates to get a head start in their corporate careers, that eventually place at their disposal, a significant amount of access to financial and other resources.

While this supply chain for manufacturing and distributing the so-called human capital of the world is fairly well-set, the orientation of business school graduates on an average is dangerously lop-sided towards consumerism, that sustains capitalism. While neither in themselves are bad, throw in the trait of ruthless competition and it creates a world run by people who are thoroughly colonised by the idea of success as defined in the mainstream, whether or not they personally agree with it. The entire world is reduced to being a resource, with barely any thought to eco-centricity or even an ethical axis.

Of course, there are outliers (thank god for them!) who step out of the matrix, or sometimes stay within and challenge the system. But the structural violence of an unquestioned educational system that is designed to function as an industry, is barely articulated and spoken about. When something is made into an industry, the implication is production for profit. When aspects of our lives such as education and health become an industry, they are hugely reflective of our disengagement in designing our own ecosystem.

· What aspects of your life are industrialised?

· How do we collectively redesign our ecosystems in a way that is just for all, including the planet?

#AnInnerJourneyOfAhimsa #RukminiIyer #ExultSolutions #peacebuilding #nonviolence

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Rukmini Iyer

Rukmini Iyer

Conscious Leadership Facilitator and Coach | Peacebuilder and Educator | Writer | Founder, Exult! Solutions |