12 Reflections on an Educated Person
An educated person writes his own script throughout life; he is not a character in a government of corporation play, nor does he mouth the words of an intellectuals; Utopian fantasy. Education and intelligence are not the same thing. The educated person is self-determined to a large degree.
Time doesn't hang heavily on an educated person's hands. He can be alone. He is seldom at a loss for what to do with time.
An educated person possesses a blueprint of personal value, a unique philpsophy which tends toward the absolute. It is not plastically relative altering to suit presentcompany or circumstances. Because of this absolute aspect, an educated personknows at all times who he is, what he will tolerate, where to find peace. But at the same time, an educated person is aware of and respects community value and even values strange to his experience.
As Jefferson said, an educated person knows hisrights and knows how to defend those rights.
As Jefferson said, an educated person knows the ways of the human heart so well he's tough to cheat or fool.
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As Jefferson said, an educated person possesses useful knowledge. He can ride, hunt, sail a boat, (and
An educated person understands the dynamics of reationships, partially by being well-read in great Literature; as a consequence, he can form healthy relationships, where ever he is.
An educated person understands and accepts his own mortality; he understands that withoug death and aging, nothing would have any meaning. An educated person learns from all his ages, even from the last hour of his life.
An educated person can discover truth for himself; he has intense awareness of the profuound significance of being (as distinguished from doing), and the utter importance of being here and now.
An Educated person can gigure out how to be useful.
An educated person has the capacityto create: new things, new experiences.
Education is built upon ten cores: the metaphysical reality, the historical reality, the personal reality, the physical world within reach, the physical world outside personal awareness, the possibilities of association, an understandingof vocation home-making, the challenges of adulthood met , the challenges of lost, aging and death met.
- John Taylor (Underground History of American Education)