What REALLY makes a scholar
July 26, 2012
The word education goes back to the Latin word, ducere, meaning to draw out forcefully. The prefix “e” means “out of.” From this we know that education has absolutely nothing to do with what we term scholarship these days – where one is really just part of an assembly line where teacher opens up your brain and put in stuff that hopefully will make you smarter.
If you happen to believe the above is education or scholarship. Then all I can say is you are really fucked for the remaunder of your life .And the chances are you will probably never ever reach your true potential.
As the whole idea of real education always requires nothing short of FORCEFULLY drawing out character. The rest are really only side dishes - when seen from this new paradigm – education takes on a completely new meaning. And goes much deeper beyond just the vapidness of chasing a piece of colorful paper.
I see only three possible scenarios.
If you happen to be a scholar and you are happy with the deal. Then by all means stick to it. Do everything that 99.9% of the student community is doing. Join all the social clubs etc. Avoid people like me who smoke, drink and womanize too much. Nothing much can be said about the following the tried and tested yellow brick road – I have known many who have gone through this run of the mill path and who am I to say they are selling themselves short – if this is your thing and you believe that it is the road to happiness. Then go for it lah.
However, if you happen to be a scholar who is considering jumping ship for whatever reasons. Then jump! That is the way I see it – if you have to go. Go! Because if you don’t, you’re going to regret it for the rest of your life – not everyone is ideally suited for the journey on the yellow brick road.
You don’t need to explain – that is the way it is.
Only understand this! When you are winging it all alone – at first you will find the discomfort zone unbearable. You may even pine for your previous life back. Your standard of living along with state of mind and list of options will probably take a nose dive to zero – however, what you need to understand is this is only to be expected as the system is designed to humiliate, ostracize and if possible grind down bond breakers – you have to psychologically prepare yourself that they may name and shame you. Sue you and do all sorts of nasty things to you. Trust me after a while. You will simply develop immunity to all these subtle threats.
There is no need to feel guilty about what you have just done – if you want out more than you want to be part of the system – then to me, it’s really a vampire thing. And I really don’t see what other options you have except to go solo.
Soloing is the ONLY way to get a real education because you’re not just focussed on getting the grades. That is maybe 20% – what you need to do is develop an array of skill sets to work yourself through the mess that you are currently in – no matter how you cut it – the only way to get out from this shit hole that you’re in, is to work and study at the same time – remember employment laws are malleable. The demand for labor is very democratic despite what the laws may say about students working – So get a job – this should not be too difficult for bond breakers. As in virtually every major city where scholars have been sent to study there is already a very well established underground network of people who will be more than happy to teach you how to turn the wheel of life as an outcast. It’s called the Odessa Network.
The less said the better. Like I said, they will find you. Don’t try looking for them, if you are just toying with the idea. You will never find them!
Alternatively, if you happen to be one of those who no one considers worthy to grant a scholarship – then you are really the best of the lot. As you are beholden to no one – and again under those circumstances I would recommend you to work and study at the same time.
Working and studying is the best way to get an all rounded education – as what you are really doing is getting not only book knowledge. But also sharpening your vital social and EQ skill sets in ways and means which would never be possible – if all you are really doing is studying full time.
The best part of studying and working is that it really puts a tremendous amount of stress on you – and somewhere between having to hold down a job and squeezing lectures in between – what you will have to do is develop the acumen to juggle these task. And somewhere in all this. You will probably discover the real meaning of education.
I hope this advisory helps. Good luck and see you all on the other side.
“I am one of those students that you will only see on registration day in the beginning of the term year and during examination period at the end of the year. In between I was trying to get a real education.
If all you end up doing is fashioning your life around campus life – then the chances are you are probably going to all those societies and mixing around with the same type of people as yourself – and you really need to demand more out of your character to ask – what is there to really learn from all this? How do I even get an education?
Understand this education goes beyond just burying your head in books 8 hours a day.
If you do that. Then what you will probably end up doing is getting a job like most of them and turning the wheel like most of them and getting married like most of them, raising a family like most of them, working off your ass to pay off your housing and car loan like most of them and probably one day when you are old and all your kids have grown up wondering to yourself – ‘is this all there is to life?’ like all of them.
Can I ask you a very simple question – if all you can really do is go through an assembly line and lead a life like everyone else – then which part of your miserable life has been transformed by education?
You see that is what a truly educated man will ask of you one day.
Do you see the problem now with modern education? And how that idea has been hijacked by corporations and governments to only produce tools and instruments to increase their productivity. To me there is nothing wrong for a man to fashion himself as an apparatus. Only please don’t try to sell that as education to me. As it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Not to me.”