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True Education

What is true education?

What leads to the real acquisition of true wisdom and knowledge?

In today's society, these questions should push us to consider how utterly bankrupt our education system is in terms of its ability and aim to empower young people to acquire real life-sustaining knowledge.

Our universities provide all the theories and papers and textbook ideas, but all these do little to actually equip the individual to live LIFE. They teach you - or attempt to teach you - how to make a living, but not how to live, to think, to search, to innovate, to understand, to be useful to others and to society.

It is all utterly materialistic and focused on the physical and external. There is so much more to life and so much more to what education can be if it encourages intrinsic motivation and a true pursuit of the truth, not the thoughtless spineless circulation of smart-ass opinions and dry theories.

I will always recall and meditate on the verse in Proverbs 1:

'The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.'

It all begins in the heart and mind and soul.

Discipline isn't just about good time management or studying hard or being successful in all these things. I'm talking here about the discipline of the mind, the discipline of the soul.

We can have all the intellectual knowledge or achievements or success in the world, but all of it is futility and the mere pursuit of fools if it stops at that. I've written before that all the education in the world will not and cannot change a man's black heart. Worldly knowledge will give a man no further motivation to love his neighbour as himself, or to pursue justice, or to seek the truth. Some of the most tyrannical leaders of all time were exceptionally educated and well-groomed men. And yet. They had a heart devoid of love and brotherly-kindness.

It is my conviction that education will not solve the world's problems. It is a good thing, a necessary thing, but it is not the only thing.

~ J a n i e ll e

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