It is a norm for most parents to send their children to school. Education has been labeled a basic human right together with other rights as food and shelter. In most countries, education has been subsidized by the relevant governments. It is always against the law to keep kids at home when they are supposed to be in school.
Education has its levels from elementary school to primary school, to high school, and eventually to tertiary. For each level, there is always a graduation ceremony or a certification to show that one has qualified to move from one stage to the next. For this reason, the learners seem to associate with like-minded individuals. It will be common to find high school kids hanging out with their peers and less with those of lower or higher levels of education. The friendships of learners will always be guided by the level they are in education.
For this reason, most friendships culminate if one person ceases to further their education. If one were to stop their education at the primary level, there is a high chance that their friendships would be affected. Those who are often said to have dropped out of school associate themselves with those of a similar fate. Ultimately those who proceed with their education would not want to downgrade themselves by associating with those who have lower education standards, either this, or they are discouraged by their parents to avoid such associations.
Parents usually advise their children to avoid those kids who for one reason or another have not advanced their education. They are deemed as bad company. The more one advances their education, the more they have a change in perspective or view of those who have not had the same experience that they have had. It is a matter of perception. Those who have not had a chance at advancing their career are then not taken seriously. Obviously, their opinion is not considered before those who have advanced education. In any case, most times, they are not considered at all, for matters that require an academic opinion or even general opinion.
So, what shall the one who has not had advanced education do? Already the society treats them like they missed something critical in their life stage, and it is like a permanent marker. It is something that they have to live with for their entire lifetime. No matter how much development you go through, those in your surrounding will always look at you in a way to suggest that you do not know much academically.
This is all happening in this society that we live in. It is often said that education is power. But what is this power that we get from education? Is it not supposed to teach us that regardless of our educational or academic achievements, we are all equal? Perhaps this is something that education will never do. Its main role, unfortunately, is to make one feel accomplished in society. Of course, you have the papers to show for. It separates those who know, from those who know not. We even have clubs for those who know, the learned, but other people are not allowed in these circles.
The more one advances their education, the more separate they grow from those who are not so learned. It is in a sense, a filter that is mostly used in society. It is also challenging for them to be convinced to accept other things that they were not taught in their accredited learning institutions. How easy is it to convince one who only believes in what they have been taught, to be open-minded?
Most of us like talking while quoting what we were taught, to justify our statements or opinions. It is hard for the learned to accept to put what they have been taught aside and believe the knowledge that requires experience before the proof. People will always ask you to prove what you are saying. ‘Where is it written, or who else has done whatever you are saying’, they will often ask.
Getting an education or being learned is now a form of identification that is used to show how smart one is. Of course, they have opposites at the extreme end of the comparison scale. There are advantages of course, to getting an education. We get to learn and interact with information that is helpful for our physical and sometimes spiritual evolution. Education is sometimes a catalyst for spiritual evolution, but some people become masters in this field and get egotistic, and you know this when they begin to thump their own chests.
People like to stand on podiums and announce loudly to other people how educated they are. They do not fail to mention the big institutions that they were admitted to. But rarely do you get them admitting that there are things that they do not know. Even in those fields that they have become masters, per se. They think highly of themselves, so much that acceptance that there are things beyond their knowledge is a problem. This, to them, would sound like accepting defeat or failure.
It seems like some people get so educated just to prove something or disapprove of someone. Eventually, when you get all the education, you cannot explain why you went for it in the first place. They say that education has no end and however many accolades that you acquire, you will never get satisfied. However, these accolades make us feel like we are better than those who do not have them. This separation will keep widening, and perhaps one should pay attention to what it is they are gaining from their education.
Are there things that one can learn outside the walls of the classroom? Are there things in life that one can learn by themselves and not necessarily under the guidance of accredited teachers and institutions? I know there are careers that are given preference, and the reason could be the period spent to learn and acquire certain skills. People will rarely trust that you know something unless they see you in action.
In matters of spirituality, it is often hard to believe someone knows something until you see them walk the talk, or practice what they are preaching. For a long time in society, I have seen most people portray spiritual, or religious teachers as those who do not have a skill that is highly respected. Some religious teachers think that there must be some training of sorts, so that one is proven to have qualified to teach certain doctrines. For this reason, you have to be careful when quoting certain scriptures.
People will always want to know if you went to school, and if so, which school did you attend? So, in a sense, they are already judging, and making assumptions about the information that you are about to convey. My observation, however, is that it is easier for those who have not accumulated so much academic knowledge and accolades to believe in spiritual knowledge, more than those who claim to be so learned. Those who are supposedly learned base their reasoning and argument on logic and common sense, so to say.
Spiritual matters and happenings are never explained through the lens of logic. They are more of believing before seeing. The explanation comes after the action most times. This is not the norm for the formal, or conventional education systems. How easy is it for you to put all your knowledge aside and accept new esoteric knowledge? How easy is it for you to accept that there is some knowledge that you are not privy to, and it is vast than what you know? How easy is it for you to accept that whatever you know can be disapproved and changed in an instance? Can you use your education to accept that what we are is just diverse and not necessarily different, regarding our education or academic levels? Can you sit with one who is not as educated as you are and still talk and understand one another? If not, then your education is a loss. This is not to mean that you should justify your education. Neither does it mean that you sit and argue with the other person, trying to convince them to see things as you do.
Eventually, you will realize that education is a filter used among us, majorly as protection to what we do not know. It is like a veil that we have built for ourselves to protect us from the unknown. So, the unknown will be a threat because it will threaten to collapse our wall or veil. Are you open to allowing in new ideas that seem unconventional? Do you accept that that person that never went to school knows something that you may not be privy to?
It is always hard to believe that whatever might take you a year to learn in school, could be taught to one person in just a single day, through experience. It is just a uniqueness that needs no comparison. How are you using the knowledge that you have? Are the consequences of your education of positive or negative nature? I am not talking about good or bad. This is not about duality. There is no judgement here about the form of knowledge, or information that one acquires. What are the consequences, however, of their knowledge?
Can you use your accumulated knowledge to create? This means that the skills that you have acquired are helpful first to you, then to the collective. Whatever you go out seeking, make sure that you do it from your heart. Otherwise, you will not be satisfied, and you will go on an endless seeking and comparison with others. What is this if not getting lost and widening the veil more? In fact, at this stage, it appears like the more you learn, the more you know less. What a paradox that you could get yourself into!