G for Greatness


An incident during the recently-held student elections marred the image of how professors in our university can act with circumstance. Of course, teachers should always be respected. They help guide future professionals achieve their dreams and become a useful citizen of this country. But effort and love should also come with a reason. And we should always earn our keep.

What does greatness mean? It was Grenville Kleiser who said, “By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” It is this greatness which makes teachers worthy of respect, and we expect an autonomous university like ours to be a home for such beautiful people.

That is why it can break our hearts having teachers who present themselves, not only lacking the qualities mentioned above but throwing dirt over people who are simply doing their jobs. It is true that humans area, not perfect creatures. At the very least, though, they should, when in the face of professional duty, not only be able to quell their emotional outbursts but also think logically about the circumstance.

This is a reminder to everyone, not only teachers whose only desire is to see a brighter tomorrow through well-developed students. Students and other readers must also manifest a similar attitude of greatness worthy of respect. After all, respect does not come with the label of being in authority. It just seems like it because such authorities are expected to be taking the time and effort to reflect upon their thoughts and actions, and act with discipline.

We often see fault in students who do not do their best in meeting academic requirements. But not being formally subjected to a similar program of self-development shouldn’t make professors grow complacent. At the end of the day, we are people who can never get enough of improvement. Strive for self-discipline and self-control, and we will soon find ourselves being respected for the greatness we earned through hard work.