June 13, 2020
Education is true social equalizer
Horace Mann, a pioneer of American public schools in the 19th century, famously called education the “great equalizer of the conditions of men.”
In today's modern and highly progressive society, the concept of education is associated with one's schooling. But school alone cannot shape an individual into someone who is genuinely educated. One can and should be educated through various other means.
David Wallace once told the story of two young fish who did not know what water was, despite having been surrounded by it their entire lives. It is easy to be accepting of all things surrounding you.
Educated people having no curiosity about the world or other people, results in ignorance or privilege, as they say these days. By engaging in mindless activities year after year, working towards personal goals and gains, the potential to teach and practice compassion is undermined.
But what should be true educational value?
To be truly educated means to develop the knowledge and skill to look beyond the standard meaning of life and navigate through life and its hidden complexities.
Being educated means having a thirst for knowledge and continuing to want to quench that thirst in all areas.
To be educated is to try to understand things that does not affect you directly.
To be aware of happenings around the world, to be informed of arts, music, politics, science, to be aware of different leaders, their styles, their impacts.
It ultimately means having compassion or feeling compassion. When you have compassion, you are putting yourself in someone else's shoes and really feeling for them. When this breakthrough moment happens, you understand the black man, the brown man, the gay man. You understand history, circumstances, reasons, and you are left only with one choice – to do what you can, with what you have, to educate more around you to build compassion.
What does not come from within can be trained and taught, Imagine an education system capable of teaching compassion.
Imagine a breakthrough moment for millions of children taught to be compassionate and sensitive to the suffering.
When this transformation happens, there will be realistic solutions for dealing with systemic social injustice and discrimination.
We are traveler’s through time, many have come before us and many will after we go. This moment now is a piece of history. If you have influenced one being in your lifetime to practice compassion, you have earned the gratitude of many to come, the many that are yet to be born.
Gratitude that will transcend generations and many lifetimes.
True change begins with the power of your thoughts.
Know that your thoughts are valuable to the world as we emerge through this revolution that demands compassion for true change.
Excerpts from my Ubuntu Learning