one service that would assure a great future for civilization that is preparing

One service that would assure a great future for

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one service that would assure a great future for civilization – that is preparing those of the young who are capable of it for responsible roles as servant leaders. We have charmed ourselves into believing that it is being done. It is not being done (Theobald, 1997). As the young of today are to negotiate terms of tomorrow, it is imperative that their cynicism is dislodged and restored with confidence through just actions. By facilitating stewardship, this offers a different lens through which to view the world. It includes being alert to other points of view, particularly the views of those marginalized, those without a voice, those disenfranchised. To solicit the voice of those “without a voice” requires special effort. This effort is warranted. Rousseau, the French philosopher and political theorist, denied that human beings have the right to be of no use to their fellow human beings – le droit d’e ˆtre inutile a ` ses semblables . He made a compelling argument for levels of priority. Rousseau suggests that the first responsibility must be extended to the future inhabitants of this world. They are in the unfair position that they cannot protest against the various infringements made by past and present generations such as environmental destruction, food shortages, population explosion, nuclear waste and land mines. Their rights, along with duties and responsibilities must be clarified and protected by present generations. The next obvious level is the responsibility to children and youth, or persons less able to express their rights and responsibilities. A society would be clearly inhumane if these rights to survival, development or learning are not fully guaranteed. After first considering these needs can the needs of adult citizens, who possess the capabilities of autonomy and self-sustenance, be addressed (Inoue, 1998). Not much evidence is required to realize the opposite of this view is prevalent in most societies. While justice calls for this to be revised, we are living in a time of survival of the most powerful. The theory of “survival of the fittest” is often manipulated today as, those with the power to gain the most, have the right to gain it. Yet these beliefs around self interest are juxtaposed against growing evidence that we are moving into the age of stewardship: The coming age is to be seen as the age of stewardship; we are here not to govern and exploit, but to maintain and creatively transform and carry on the torch of evolution (Skolimowski, 1992). Achieving sustainable development, like world peace, is proving to be an elusive and colossal undertaking. While the quality of the development sustained is reliant upon many factors, it is influenced significantly by the imaginativeness, breadth and quality of education. To sustain development, stewardship facilitation must evoke the sense of responsibility, or in the very least, to decrease the sense of irresponsibility.
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