Hello! This is a note from someone within the system. Someone who’s been successful in facing the system. This note was long due. A ‘vote of thanks’ if you will. It’s been more than 2 decades that I’ve been a part of this system, one which makes me regret every second of it, sometimes. After a ‘bored’ exam marking the end of our teens, you tried to make scoring well, the sole purpose of our lives ; day in and day out. Not for the purpose of knowledge, but out of the fear of failure. “If you don’t score well, you won’t get a good job. If you don’t get a good job, you won’t be able to live a comfortable lifestyle. If you won’t be able to live a comfortable lifestyle, how will someone be able to share your home with you?” Sounds familiar? I’m sure it does.
Since then, you’ve sucked quite a lot of us students into your black hole. Sadly, none of us knew enough at that time to prevent it from happening. Maybe you gagged them. You made them so withdrawn that they felt this was the only option. Are you happy, now, system? What’s the point of being a world class student if you can’t be a decent human being first? Is the system’s importance greater than the well-being of a student, of someone who’s in the system, striving hard to meet your unrealistic goals? Are you worth lying cold and alone from one night till the next morning on the cold tiled floor of a housing society? I don’t think so. It’s time we deflated your ego. You instill fear into students and get your job done, is that really the way to go about it?
The worst part is that we fail these students, too. These fighters. These warriors, who are sometimes driven to the point of exhaustion by someone your system wrongly gives authority to, till the time they ultimately can’t fight anymore. I think you need to retrospect and get off your high horse. You’re definitely less important than a person’s well-being, both physical and mental. And the people whom you incorrectly give authority to, should be made to realise their fault, for the rest of their lives, what their thirst of power did to some warrior, some kind soul ; who was sadly so tired at the end, that he didn’t have the patience to carry on anymore. Vimmy, I was glad to have made your acquaintance. You will forever be loved. I hope you’re at peace now. I pray that your kind soul finds purpose again. I’m truly sorry for what the system did to you. Maybe in another universe, things would be corrected.
So, for the people who say that doctors change lives and save them, who’s saving ours?