The path is never clear at first. We see things how we are ‘taught’ or ‘ learn through experience’. The saddest part of the experience part is that it was gained through jaded eyes. The eyes guided by the very people who we grew up around, the society we grew up in and the conditions that are implied by those influences. It is the rare occasion that one gets the opportunity to change this. The great theologies of the world as we know teach that we are born into greatness, we are free to choose our destiny…. THEN along comes society, ‘teachers’ (our conformity educators) not truly a teacher by definition and the ‘rules’ as according to those who would tell us what they are.
Is free thought still a part of our belief or are we in a societal prison?
‘Education’ coming from the the latin word ‘Educo’ or ‘Educe’
- lead out; draw up; bring up; rear
Even in our own definitions, these words although of the same origin have such varied meaning that it is of no wonder that we have suffer greatly the dilemma of telling rather than educing. Conformity over freedom, rules over free thought.
I left the idea of formal education at 16 and went to the Military, not to escape but it was a regimented environment that gave opportunity and ‘Mentorship’; the idea of mentored leadership was enticing. As I progressed in my career and earned leadership roles mentorship was a part of the career progression. Then times seemed to change, the mentorship became more replaced by the ideals of formal career education courses and career management.
Although this was the case at the time, it provided opportunities to attend the next phase. I returned to formal education to earn degrees and move forward. This again was not the school of free thought I had hoped it would be. University was actually the school of regurgitation of dogma and reiteration of the thoughts of ‘Educators’ who were mostly interested in the puffing their egos. I learned a great many things and found that in the forest there are trees that just stand out. I had the occasion of sharing time with a handful of true educators and peers who still held the ideal of educing the ability of the student to think freely and openly discuss the subjects of the day. These rare birds made the trials of higher education most worthwhile.
As I ‘sat’ in my thinking this week it occurred to me that MKE and the MMA have truly helped me to link the connection between the two, ‘formally’. Mark J spoke of the freedom you feel only when you break through and find your Dharma. I continue to work to this goal. I see a little more each day and am so grateful to have the opportunity to do so.
Please see this video and listen to this exceptional transition.