Sunday, March 16, 2008


Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. -Will Durant

Remember when we were children. Everything in the world is simple. White is white and black is black. We often wonder why the sky is blue but back then it didn't matter whether it was caused by some divine creature or atmospheric light refraction. It's blue period. We wake up in the morning and expect that breakfast will
be served thanks to our mothers and we didn't asked why mothers do that. We go to school and learn about how Jack and Jill went up the hill but never really bothered why it had to be Jack and Jill and not Jack and Billy or Jill and Jenny. We just didn't care back then because we thought everything was simple. Life was a bliss back then. Just when we thought that we have enough knowledge about this world then we realize that as we grow older we don't know anything.

This is I think the very essence of my quotation, that education is a process of finding out how ignorant we are when we learn about new things. We have been amazed to know that white is the presence of all colors in the color spectrum and black is the absence of it; that the sky is blue because it is the visible layer from the spectrum of the sun's light; that society has imposed on mothers the expected role of nurturing their family; that Jack and Jill's childish story is a covert way of promoting gender hegemony. All these we discovered and realized that there are so many things beyond our knowledge and our lifespan is so short to fully achieve the mysteries of our existence.

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