Rebuild better, human – Khabarhub Khabarhub

Some powerful countries have invested heavily in defense, intelligence and infrastructure, both physical and digital, in recent years.

Despite their abundance of resources, capabilities and a range of intelligence, they have always witnessed a growing threat to peace, humanity and security – physical, digital and psychological.

Amid the changing dynamics of global geopolitics and technological progress, various transnational issues – terrorism, war, crime, climate change, financial crisis, energy and food security, nuclear and artificial intelligence (AI) threats, cybersecurity, poverty and pandemics – wreaking havoc around the world, which have had a direct impact on every individual, family, society and nation.

These transnational and unconventional issues dominate security scenes in many nation states, especially in the post-Cold War era.

Realistic thinkers like Thucydides, Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes and Hans Morgenthau, among others, have advocated that “Hard Power” is the only way to strengthen national security.

The school of thought of realists and neo-realists was squeezed into a narrow periphery of the traditional approach to security, while knowledge of soft security issues such as issues of interests, passion, knowledge , the health and well-being of citizens and their freedom from “fear” and “will” were not compulsory.

Health and wellness is a top concern for many nation states today, while building better humans has been a time-consuming issue for a country like Nepal.

Cultivate inner intelligence

We humans have been so successful today that our fingers can control almost any action. From steam engine technology in the first industrial revolution (1IR) to the linking of the physical, digital and biological spheres through nanotechnology and AI in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR); we have been so successful with technological innovations that almost nothing has remained impossible today.

We have already designed an artificial human using AI applications. In addition, we have succeeded in injecting human emotions into this humanoid machine, which has already surpassed human intelligence.

With radical innovations, discoveries and inventions; human needs, goals and desires have also been magnified.

Fundamental knowledge of managing one’s own “mind” and “emotions” must be taught in every institution, including academia, politics and government, which would be an insightful investment for generations to come.

The mode of technological communication has changed from “traffic lights” to “telegraphy” to “radio link” to “radar”, while the system of communication and technology has moved from television, personal computers, e-mail. to sophisticated devices such as smartphones and social media including Facebook (Meta-Metaverse), Instagram and YouTube, among others.

Internet technology has enriched access to information and improved human thinking. Digital technology has made human life much easier and faster, while a cell phone handles almost all activities, including monetary transactions.

Advances in technology and social media have certainly changed people’s perceptions, thinking, actions, lifestyles, feelings, and behavior.

On the other hand, many people are frustrated with the faster pace of change in their life. Digital automation – which works very efficiently – replaces jobs (robots are heavily deployed in supply chains); smartphones are turning people into zombies and social media is gradually dominating people’s minds and lives.

Social media and surveillance devices dictate every personal space of people, posing a serious threat to their personal sovereign dignity.

During this time, many people are uncomfortable adjusting to and balancing changes with them. Balancing thought, mind, life, relationships, career, and well-being has been a new challenge for many.

The more humans develop intelligent machines, the more they face crises for their own emotional intelligence and witness a greater threat to peace, mindfulness and well-being. Subsequently, they were not able to sufficiently cultivate their own inner intelligence.

In the midst of the current Corona Crisis, hundreds of millions of people are suffering from mental and emotional health crises around the world, yet they are not well aware of “How to Live a Life?” ”

According to the WHO, more than 400 million people suffer from emotional and mental health crises worldwide, while more than 800,000 people commit suicide each year (one person commits suicide every 40 seconds). One of the reasons is the weakening of “mental health infrastructure”.

More than 300 million people would likely suffer from depression by 2030 and suicide would be the second leading cause of death among young people, predicts the World Economic Forum.

The current times have been the most terrifying in the modern history of human existence, as over 5 million people have lost their lives to COVID-19 around the world (John Hopkins University). Nepal has been severely affected by the second wave of the Corona virus, as thousands of people have lost their lives.

The third wave has just arrived and the world is terrified again. Those who live have witnessed greater disruption in all aspects of life, including economic, social, personal, psychological and emotional.

According to the National Mental Health Survey-2019, nearly 2.2 million people between the ages of 16 and 40 suffer from some form of mental health in Nepal, while more than 7,000 people are found each year.

This figure is expected to multiply in the wake of job losses and the financial crisis caused by the pandemic and the resulting lockdowns. Political, societal and family chaos has also fueled many mental health issues.

Incivility in workplaces and academic institutions also creates a huge divide in human-to-human relationships and erodes mental and emotional health, which subsequently calls into question “current vitality” and “prosperity”. future of each society, writes Christine Porath in “Mastering civility: a manifesto for the workplace”.

The author of this article has witnessed reckless treatment by some teachers during his university life, while he was confronted with abusive (verbal) behavior on the part of some of the bosses during his tenure as direction in academia, both stressed him for a long time.

There are several other instances where many mentors or bosses abuse – verbally, physically, emotionally and sexually – their novices or subordinates in academic institutions, which greatly disrupts energy and enthusiasm and affects attention and brain. many creative minds.

While some political leaders use very shameful and abusive words against their opponents, reflecting a sense of pity of mental and emotional intelligence. Now imagine, what essence of culture or tradition are we fostering in the young minds of generations to come?

To achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agenda, the health and well-being of each individual must be given top priority, which in turn would contribute to societal, economic and national well-being.

Nepal’s national security depends on the diversity of national power capabilities and the importance of flexible potentials, which must be viewed through “flexible strategic lenses”.

Various studies claim that there is a direct causal link between the well-being and productivity of workplaces and institutions, while the personal well-being of each individual can induce significant differences in national productivity.

The health and well-being of future generations, families, society and nations depend on the well-being of existing generations.

Since the various emerging problems have a psychological and mental impact on a large part of the young people, the concerned authority must integrate mental and emotional health literacy into the curriculum.

Fundamental knowledge of managing one’s own “mind” and “emotions” must be taught in every institution, including academia, politics and government, which would be an insightful investment for generations to come. This new dimension will certainly help improve the quality of life as well as the performance of institutions.

The prominence of Soft Potentials

The health, well-being, state of mind, pursuit of happiness and sense of integrity of each national directly reflect the national well-being.

The cultured, humanistic, compassionate, intelligent, educated and vibrant people are an “element of national power” who can defend and promote the national interest of Nepal.

Through humanism, civility, culture and internal values, Nepal can win the hearts, minds and spirits of tens of millions of people around the world, which can help achieve some of the goals of Nepal’s foreign policy.

Nepal’s national security depends on the diversity of national power capabilities and the importance of flexible potentials, which must be viewed through “flexible strategic lenses”.

Given the achievable soft potentials, Nepal needs to focus on preparing a “great human being”, “compassionate future generations” and “world class citizens” with an emphasis on the notion of “building back better”. , human ”which would ultimately lead to enormous“ Soft Power ”for Nepal.

(GP Acharya is a researcher, analyst and practitioner in emotional intelligence, mindfulness and well-being and coach)

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