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Geoffery Moore

 

I want to make a few comments about Landon’s thoughts on education that we shared on Monday.

A few years ago, I read a question that really got my attention. Well, actually, there were two questions.

But before I give you these questions, I want to ask you to get ready for them. Turn off all the chattering in your brain. Turn off all the to-do lists, all the worries. Turn off all the news and noise. Turn it all off.

Now, are you ready? Here are the questions:

First: What did you come into the world to learn? Second: Have you learned it?

In other words: what is the education a person most needs in life?

I’ve lived with these questions for a while, and I suspect they have little to do with book learning. I think they. are about the inside part of education–the part that goes to the meaning of our lives.

As some have observed, in our time we’ve lost the inside part of education. Gradually, education focused more and more on the technical and less and less on the total, human life. It’s an education that can help us function, but it doesn’t tell us why we should function.

We are so busy inventing new things that we no longer have time for the truly big questions. And the big question is still the same: YOU. Nothing that engages the minds of human beings has the magnitude of this issue. What is a human being? What is a man? What is a woman? What is it to be truly alive? What is the meaning of a life?

The danger is that the answers to these central questions will be assumed. Taken for granted. And when that happens, something precious is lost.

So what do we do?

I like the way the German poet Rilke put it. He said we should not be in such a hurry to get answers, but we should love the questions and live the questions—and then, by and by, we may live ourselves into an answer.

So I leave you with two questions to love and live with:

What did you come into the world to learn? And have you learned it?