I was having a conversation about academics in general with my colleagues. We have agreed that certain type or characters of a person becomes an academic. Even more, only a handful of them survives in that competitive environment. Only few of them were allowed to climb up that ladder and invited to that top group.
Recent attention to the wellbeing of employees shed lights to the wellbeing of academics. In comparison to student wellbeing, wellbeing of academics were given little attention. Like any other jobs, academia is not stress free job. Many academics are stressed and depressed. Therefore, only those who can tolerate and become resilient in such work environment will stay in academia.
There are many people with strong characters in academia. Only few of them remain authentic self. In such stressful environment, not many people can continuously express and show care of others. Many will pretend they do care and respect your being but others will do whatever it takes to assist them climb up that ladder, gaining recognition. Many live a life without any life beyond academia.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are times that I question what they’ve said. They were trained to see the world differently. They were trained to question their perceptions and open to new possibilities. They were trained to include and collaborate rather than exclude and discriminate. They were trained to nurture others and provide constructive feedback rather than criticise and accuse. However, many of them were not mentored nor showed how to do so.
What kind of personal character are you projecting to the world?
Are you living true to yourself?
Are you treating others as you would like to be treated?