Sunday, June 17, 2012

artes liberales

"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." 
--W.B. Yeats

In Renée's world, to be well-educated means these five things:
1) To love learning, to love gaining new knowledge
2) To have the humility to know that you know, in comparison to the amount of knowledge to be had in this world, absolutely nothing.
3) To be a good conversationalist. A good education teaches you to talk. Teaches you to form beautiful  sentences of depth but also style. It teaches you to ask questions, to be interested in the thoughts, stories, and ideas of others. Teaches you to how to discuss and enter into conversation.
4) To be a thinker. Education teaches you how to tame and master this amazing creation inside of you known as your intellect. An education teaches you how to integrate your intellect and intuition. Your thoughts, feelings, and gut instincts. An education does not ignore any of these, since all of these are a part of a human being. An education teaches you to be fully human.
5) Recognize the beauty of Jane Austen. I guess you don't have to be as head-over-heels in love with her like every other writer/genius/person of intelligence since her time has been. But you should recognize that her work (most specifically Pride and Prejudice) is worthy of the highest adulation.

Behold, a portrait of the well-educated person.

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