In a conversation with teachers in Nepal about corruption in Nepalese school systems, one teacher admitted he had left a school because the head master cared less about the children’s education and more about the money in his pockets. I asked him why more people don’t stand up like he did. This was his response:
“Even when we know the road is rough, sometimes we still have to walk it.”
– Nepalese teacher (Hetauda, Nepal, November 2017)
What he said made me pause for a moment and contemplate what this means. His words can be interpreted in many ways. My first thought was “Build a new path,” but from a privileged background maybe I do not understand the extent of the situation. Does this mean he is giving in to his surroundings? Or does it mean that even with the challenging surroundings he will not give up because maybe he can’t change the path but he can change whether or not he continues walking?
Some thoughts to contemplate…