Miners or tillers?

January 31, 2007 at 11:39 pm | Posted in Pearls of wisdom | Leave a comment

‘Children have their active subconcious mind which, like the tree,
has the power to draw food from the surrounding atmosphere.
For them the atmosphere is a great deal more important than
rules and methods, equipment, text-book lessons…
But in our educational organisations we behave like miners,
digging only for things and not like tillers of the earth
whose work is a perfect collaboration with nature.’
Rabindranath Tagore

Anything but success

January 31, 2007 at 10:44 pm | Posted in Pearls of wisdom | Leave a comment

Another quote from same article…

When asked to write about his own success, Merton responded by saying that “if it so happened that I had once written a best seller, this was a pure accident, due to inattention and naiveté, and I would take very good care never to do the same again.” His advice to students was to “be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success.”

The plain fact is that the planet does not need more “successful” people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it.

What was wrong with their education?

January 31, 2007 at 10:41 pm | Posted in Pearls of wisdom | Leave a comment

Found this most meaningful quote in this article on education.

In most respects the Germans were the best educated people on Earth, but their education did not serve as an adequate barrier to barbarity. What was wrong with their education? In Wiesel’s words: “It emphasized theories instead of values, concepts rather than human beings, abstraction rather than consciousness, answers instead of questions, ideology and efficiency rather than conscience.”

 You may like to read the rest of the article at http://www.eart-h.com/text/educate.htm (Mr Gua Gua, this is *compulsory* reading!)

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