Trying To Define The Grand Mystery
Historically, education has remained an important catalyst for change, but it’s impact on the individual and society is slow and, over time, imperceptible. Its long term goal is based on the presumption that acquiring more knowledge means one is better informed. This, as the reasoning goes, tends to increase the odds that a diverse assortment of choices, (aka free will), will appear along the way and possibly lead to far more effective outcomes and perhaps wisdom. Where these choices come from still remains a mystery, although if it lends itself to a definition, then it wouldn’t be a mystery.
One can never discount the possibility that at some point unknown factors may appear that one is not prepared for. In these situations, hopefully, instinct sharpened by the accumulation and synthesis of experiences, over time, encourages the perception that those things that are unknown can be viewed more as a challenge then as a threat; increasing the likelihood it will lead to a more positive attitude as the veil approaches. With practice and making mistakes along the way, perhaps an insight might appear that reveals itself in the form of an epiphany.
One of the philosophical questions surrounding education is, what are the boundaries that define it? More than just school, it’s life itself, dynamically reinvented on a personal and collective level as time, the illusion of duration, continues infinitely. Every lesson perceived, is a confluence of factors as it becomes an experience that is either understood, or not, as we move from physical birth to death, not knowing what will happen when all bodily functions cease. If an afterlife is anticipated, its characteristics are hoped to be defined by the familiar images that we have been taught to believe; a function of tradition, ritual and faith.
Although its unavoidable that most people associate education with school. This definition underestimates its importance. In its broadest sense, it’s the value society places on instilling its preadult generations with the character it considers important to perpetuate. Collectively it exemplifies the direction culture is taking by revealing whether global society is evolving towards a higher existence, or has gotten trapped in illusions that converge on a self centered focus, a distraction from important considerations such as, What is the point of existence?