Saintly Thoughts

A Danger of Modern Education: A Reflection

I fear that one of the downsides of our education system is the tautological framework it instills upon us from a very early age: that is, that life requires training and training must precede the real work of life.  On the one hand, this is a very sound position, for it recognizes that human persons in their natural state are blessed with few innate tools other than their intellect, and that it is this intellect which must be trained and nurtured before it is able to be of much use to its fellows, at least to the extent that the mind needs some means of communicating with those around it.  Beyond this, however (and let's face it, the vast majority of students are able to attain a passing mastery of English by the time they reach their teens), one could argue that all additional education is not necessary as a precursor to life, but as a supplement to the ongoing process of life.  This is made especially difficult because our educational establishment (and societal structure in general) seems to push back maturity as far as is physically possible (for a variety of reasons).  I find that I am a victim of this system, for I find it very difficult to ever believe that I have learned enough or know enough or have enough wisdom to actively take on the complex and dangerous task of living a life.  And so I wait.  And I brood.  And I ponder.  And I sulk.  And I observe.  I am become an abundance of once fertile seed, cast off in search of the good earth, only to be dispersed into the gathering winds.