Aug 25, 2009

“The Intuitive Mind”

School begins for all of us soon! It is ironic but only those who have suffered under all the teaching and reading and instruction are in a position to appreciate the gift of a good education. I recently re-read a quote I copied from Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes:

You have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind about history and everything else, but you can’t make up an empty mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it. If you won the Irish sweepstakes and bought a house that needed furniture, would you fill it with bits and pieces of rubbish? Your mind is your house and if you fill it with rubbish . . . it will rot in your head. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.

I have always been a great advocate for education. But there are people who are formally uneducated who have a deep understanding of reality that defies education. I know people who have only finished 3rd grade, but have a unique kind of wisdom that you cannot get in a classroom.

There is a kind of learning that is more important than factual knowledge, as important as facts may be in the big scheme of things. There is a kind of learning that is more essential than the frailty of human reasoning, as important as reasoning may be. It does not defy reason; it confounds it because it surpasses it. It is akin to faith; it resembles insight, and approaches intuition.

May our school year be blessed and may we remember that education and knowledge are means to the end of a life with value and meaning. This is what I have been thinking.


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