Education is the understanding of oneself

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on Education is the understanding of oneself

The ignorant man is not the unlearned, but he who does not know  himself,  and the learned man is stupid when he relies on books, on  knowledge and on  authority to give him understanding. Understanding  comes only through  self- knowledge, which is awareness of one’s total  psychological process.  Thus education, in the true  sense, is the understanding of oneself, for it  is within each one of us  that the whole of existence is gathered.
What we now call education is a matter of accumulating  information and  knowledge from books, which anyone can do who can read.  Such education  offers a subtle form of escape from ourselves and, like  all escapes, it  inevitably creates increasing misery. Conflict and  confusion result from  our own wrong relationship with people, things and  ideas, and until we  understand that relationship and alter it, mere  learning, the gathering of  facts and the acquiring of various skills,  can only lead us to engulfing  chaos and destruction. – Krishnamurti, J. Krishnamurti, Education and the  Significance of Life

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