When I was in college, taking English literature and Feminist Theory classes to help me understand the world around me, I was unaware that my worldview was forming. My courses affected my perception of the world. I made conclusions about people, motives, and myself that were based on this worldview.
My worldview was bitter and skeptical. The good life was a romanticized dream. I criminalized hard working people and judged others because of these ideas; they weren’t even my own. The problem was that I was never aware; I just incorporated them into my way of being and thinking.
Currently, as I discover the art of becoming genuinely educated, I realize the only way to acquire an education is to self-educate and to always question the certainty of any conclusion.
It’s easy to go to class and take tests. However, self-education requires critical thinking, logic, rhetoric, commitment, and the understanding that being inquisitive can teach you more than certainty.
The world needs educated people thinking independently and using sound logic. When we teach ourselves to synthesize implications of politics, motives, our history, sociology, and anything else under the sun, we become game changers. We can use our education to change the world; instead of letting our education change us.
Formal education changes minds rather easily -it did with me that is. But when it comes to self-educating, the task is tedious. We have trouble changing our own minds because we realize that one little idea or belief has woven itself all the way through. To change one thing would begin an unravelling of the whole.
Another reason we struggle is because there are risks in standing against the flow. Whenever anyone goes against the norm they get a push back. There can’t be any fear of what you’ll lose, only the faith for what will be gained.
Week 29 My goal this week is to make progress with the knowledge I have. I want to think before I speak, process implications before I act, be logical in conclusions. I want to use my education to change the world, rather than allowing it to change me. And when I start to change my mind, if the thread of a belief begins to unravel the whole, I’m going with it; I’m better off rebuilding something I want.
This week for you, I encourage you to discover what type of education you have. How is it affecting your life? Ask yourself, am I making the right conclusion? Do I want to perceive people this way? What are the consequences of my worldview for others? Find life in your education. And where there is an idea that doesn’t do any good, change it.
Education, formal or self-education is the catalyst for you to become the change you want to see in the world. Be independent. Be smart. Be logical. Be brainy.
Be The Change.