Recently, I visited a university. When I walking in, I realized that it couldn’t be as peaceful there as at hospitals.
In Israel’s hospitals, peace reigns. All medical personnel has only one goal, to heal whoever needs healing and hurt no one. Doctors take an oath like that. But such idealism doesn’t swirl around on campus. Students often are idealistic but that does not necessarily lead to unity and calm. Some fancy political change, some have warmed (!) to saving the planet; some want to get the best grades possible and some just want to live life to the fullest. And being in your own bubble is fine; though sometimes the academic individualism bubbles over and there are some loud clashes — until all calms down towards mutual indifference again.
What would need to change to make universities too a bastion of peace and unity, mutual concern and general progress? Here’s a suggestion.
Maybe we should ask every person from kindergarten and up, once a year, to pledge:
“I promise to make
Everything I learn
To benefit me
And everyone else
With the same ideal.”
That would exclude helping committed terrorists and mosquitoes, racists and those who destruct nature for short-term personal profit.
It’s not enough that a few people like it. It should be such a good idea, so contagious, that in no time, almost every parent and child, teacher and student in the world would want to sign on.
Will you help make it happen?