There were 2 students who wanted to gift food and toys on Christmas to a family in need. They packed food and toys and went to that specific area of the family. They knew nothing about the family, children, and even the proper address of that specific family. No one was there for proper guidance and they did not even think to use GPS for the exact direction. They did not investigate either the family is at home or not? After spending the whole day in search of the home, when they arrived no one was there. Our conversation converts into serious recognition to embarrassed laughter at our own ignorance. We were glad to bring fresh food and toys to a family that might otherwise have gone without, but this kind of drive-by charity felt wrong somehow, for everyone.
Did I approach the Christmas food and toy drive with moral imagination? We should learn the realities of that community or family where we want to serve then we can serve them in a better way or give them a good solution. The moral imagination is to ensure that our solutions and institutions are sustainable.
Conclusion: “Moral imagination means to see other people’s problems as if they were your own, and to begin to recognize how to tackle those problems. It starts with empathy.”
Vimal is from a scavenger cast from India, he was an activist founder of the movement for scavengers also he is standing for their rights. He was fortunate because he got an education due to his mother. His mother cleaned the washroom of a school and the head of school had allowed Vimal to attend classes and sit back into the class. India has a ridiculous cast system. Every system has a fighter like Vimal. He was fighting since his birth, like attending school, and once a cable company came to his area and did not allow success to scavengers. Vimal tear down every starlight dish with the help of local boys and said we also have the right of access. If the company will not allow us, we will not allow anyone. Ultimately, the company allows access to scavengers. Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World.
“He internalized that the powerless can sometimes engage the powerful and wins”
We can only feel the anger of someone instead of listening to what is going on inside that person. Vimal is angry with his community who is doing nothing for its right and denied opportunities. Vimal is fighting for change.
“A good listener can hear those voices that remain unheard by the world”.
We must learn to listen not with our ears, but with all of ourselves. Listening deeply and hearing all that is unsaid is crucial to gaining awareness of self and of others. When we start listening to an individual, it adds more productivity to the whole community.
“Active listening is the deepest form of respect”, this is the unspoken identity of our shared humanity”.
Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun started a D.light company that adds light into the lives of African people because he lived in darkness and used Kerosene. They both were sharing the same goal. Sam is from Africa and used a Led headlamp at night. Sam decided to do something because once his neighbor’s house burnt with a kerosene lantern. Ned joined him from Stanford Business School with the same objective of empowering the poor.
They started listening poor closely on a small scale. Real listening is not a one-time event you have to be prepared continuously. They both made mistakes and this is the price of building that company. As a company, they have to earn the trust of customers, and also listening continually to their feedback for product improvement. We asked a question to a customer “how could the company improve the light”? She replied it would be good if the light can charge the cell phone, radio, and light itself. I felt extraordinary by the level of mutual listening. People wanted “Energy Ladder”.
Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World.
D.light would provide a clean climate through solar energy. It would decrease loneliness by charged radio and bring the outside world into their homes. It can connect people with love and security by charged cell phone. Ned and Sam succeeded because they approached the poor as founders.
Conclusion: “if you want to serve, you must begin by listening and open up yourself to the world not assuming”.
Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World
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