Simon Parke  
Click here for Abbot Peter Click here for Simon's blog Click here for Simon's books Click here for Simon's consultancy Click here for Simon's retreats
 
      Cover of The Enneagram   Cover of A (Very) Public School Murder   Cover of Conversations with Mozart
 

A higher education

Posted by Simon Parke, 02 March 2018, 9.14am

Plato told us about his teacher Socrates’ view of education.

Socrates was a great teacher – but he didn’t believe education was the handing over of knowledge.

The problem was not that people didn’t know enough – they knew plenty; they were ignorant simply because they were looking the wrong way.

To educate someone, he believed, was to turn their mind round, so that it looked in the right direction.

It wasn’t about information…but about how they looked at the world.

Most of our seeing is rather old, conditioned by our past.

That’s how it is.

We see what we’ve always seen, our minds too habitual to notice anything new.

And new information doesn’t change this, not in any way; which is why new information quickly becomes stale.

So here’s to fresh looking, fresh seeing today.

We shall attempt to observe the whole of life, rather than just fragments.

We shall prick our ballooning prejudice; we shall look rather than assume.

It’s a higher education.

 
More blog posts  

 
   
 
PREVIOUSLY ON SIMON'S BLOG

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

Click here to follow Simon's blog on RSS

RSS 2.0

BREAKING TWEETS