Education is an ongoing process. It is the epitome of human existence.
Descartes said, I think, therefore I am. Does it not therefore follow that if you think then you have philosophy ? We all have opinions on matters mostly for the everyday living of life, how we do this, how we do that and opinion on political matters and how things should be done. These opinions are indeed our own personal philosophy of how we live out individual lives.
But what about the deep and meaningful questions of life and human existence? When we think of these matters we are indeed being philosophical.
Your mind is like the parachute and umbrella. It functions best when it is open.
For most, their education will begin and end at school. But what about after the schooling years?
Yes a training in a skill or vocation is indeed education, but what happens when a chosen discipline has been absorbed and the training is over? Life skills are not generally taught to us. We have to learn that for ourselves and sometimes even fend for ourselves. Even with great parenting we still have to learn and sometimes in our own way. We have to make mistakes along the way to learn from them.
To quote the great American Industrialist Henry Ford: Anyone who stops learnings old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Certainly profound words when first stated and indeed so relevant today.
The fact that we make mistakes is part of the pattern of life. If we do not make mistakes then we are not in reality doing anything! Mistakes along life’s journey are part of human nature and meant to happen sometimes themselves to teach us, albeit not apparent at the time.
The greatest of all education has surely got to be the individuals’ ability to interact and get along with others.
This ability that we all have is learned. It takes practice and from the earliest outset in our life the better. Our ability to learn this simple but very profound fact is paramount to our life. Failure to get along with with the people we interact with whether an a long term basis or a brief interaction is crucial for our personal growth and progress in not just human relations, but our whole existence in life. For those that choose not to learn this particular discipline (and it is their choice, in terms of their own personal responsibility), they miss out on so much throughout their life. We all know of individuals that simply rub us and others the wrong way. They have an innate ability to do this very often from the outset.
These interactions we have every single day I refer to as Spiritual DNA. Every interaction we have with another person creates and leaves an impression. This is either a good, bad or indifferent impression, but never the less all equal and the one that is left there is the lasting one. In other words we leave an element of ourself with that person and that will stay with them as their’s does with us, regardless of its quality.
Learning is an ongoing process and is part of our eternal progress.
In essence, never stop learning.