Challenges and Inspiration:
Being Human in Difficult Times
Even as we celebrate the glittering temples of affluence and consumption, modernity has also scattered the globe with empires of cruelty and slavery and sites of pain and death. All these scar us deeply – physically, socio-culturally, psychologically, and spiritually – nudging us to take serious note and act. Our individual and collective futures are dangerously at stake. And, there is a battle within, as well as without, to reclaim the compassionate human spirit.
Specifically, the disquieting contexts we are in today put an urgent demand on us in the academia to reclaim the ‘human’ in humanities (and the ‘social’ in social sciences).
In this effort to reclaim the ‘human’, the role of institutions of higher learning, like Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB), is very important. They offer a dynamic, dialogic and nurturing space to influence and to shape the human spirit, directly or indirectly shaping generations of young people and their delicate futures.
Institutions like XUB have the potential to offer open learningful spaces for the nurturing of a ‘new transdisciplinary human-ities’ among young people who may not just be looking for run-of-the-mill careers but a meaningful engagement with their futures. Young people certainly want to contribute to the general wellbeing of society. XUB has taken a mindful, giant leap to imaginatively nurture this possibility.