Distrust derails devotion
Humanity’s evolution has a history of strange and unforeseen events happening to shape its future. As history tells us, sometimes it was the rise of a nation above all others like the expansion of the British Empire. And sometimes, common people rose to topple down monarchies as was the outcome of the French Revolution. Both these examples and others of a similar nature serve to illustrate how great events of the era irrevocably influence the worldwide prevalent trends and attitudes of that time. Today we are also going through such times. The Covid19 pandemic has not only adversely affected the socio-economic and political stability of the entire world but has also created powerful psychological conundrums within all segments of society. Individuals, groups, communities, organizations, schools, and universities, all are experiencing these changes and are accordingly struggling to counteract in the best possible ways. However, to move forward progressively, we must remember to make all such counteractive decisions and policies with the conscious knowledge of the fact that our behaviors today under these strenuous circumstances would determine the progressive or regressive direction of our future.
As per the necessity, the world as we know it is changing. The need to manage and maintain a balance between our perceptions and expectations, emotional responses, and reactionary behaviors, concerning our teachers/students, employer’s / employees relationship is greater than ever before. For instance, in countries like our own beloved Pakistan, we were not used to studying or working from our homes. Consequently, such a sudden shift from a partially IT-oriented system to a complete technology-reliant mode of communication requires us all to give each other some time to adjust with the new way of things and to exercise our utmost patience in dealing with the consequent complications.
One of these complications is the rising tide of distrust which is sweeping over all our institutes alike. Our teachers do not trust their students to be punctual for their online classes and in the submission of their assignments. Our students doubt their teacher’s ability to be proficient in their complete use of online resources, thus not taking them seriously and letting their education suffer. Likewise, our employers have grown to be distrustful of their employees. Unknowingly perhaps, but to the effect that it would eventually leach all dedication out of the devotion of their employees, adversely affecting the overall performance of their respective institutes. And where employees enjoy the trust of their employers, they have begun to abuse it in being unprofessional in their deliverables, jeopardizing their employment in these days when unemployment is rampant in the global society.
Let us all make ourselves learn how to trust each other, and let these trying times serve as a testing stone for our integrities, of which none but our conscience is responsible.