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A few questions...

Does education make a person more humble? Rather, isn't making a person more humble, the true purpose of education? I am not talking about degrees here...I am talking about enlightenment of the mind, widening of perspective,becoming aware of others living with you in this world etc etc.

What leads to the "I am always right and things should be the way I keep them" attitude in people? How to make such people aware that their way is only one of the possible ways and that someone might be preferring things totally differently? How do people get that "Others are all wrong and only I am right" attitude? And what do you do to make such people realize that it is they who are actually wrong this time? Personally speaking, I get amazed with such people...

Another question is when and how does a human being become aware of others around him/her? Aware that there are other people also sharing the space with you! A few examples -- When one sees people driving or walking on the roads. They choose to happily drift or take sudden turns, oblivious to the fact that there are hundreds of other people on the same road too! Or when people play loudspeakers in the middle of the night partying and are not even aware that someone might be studying next door for his exams! A couple of days ago I again saw a woman pour bucket full of water from her first floor flat on the road below...She did not even bother to see if there was anyone walking there!!

But I also wonder if education should make you more tolerant and accommodating in nature? And what does becoming more tolerant imply? You develop a "Chalta hai yaar...Jaane do yaar" attitude?


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Mar. 24th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
Lot of interesting questions. Definitely, 'degree education' is not making people any humbler. At times, it even gives them weird logic (and language to express it) to support their behavior, which wouldn't stand to fair argument.

>> I get amazed with such people...
Most of the times, people don't do things consciously. But once done, they pull every weapon to support what had been done unconsciously, instead of accepting the fact that "it is they, who are actually wrong this time". As, it is not that they are not aware, trying to make them aware would be futile and make other party more frustrated. I too got amazed 'quite a few' times, and made others amaze 'a few' times :-)

>> if education should make you more tolerant and accommodating in nature ? You develop a "Chalta hai yaar...Jaane do yaar" attitude?

Tolerant and accommodating need not be same as tolerating inefficiency and indifferent to everything. I feel, education should make one accommodating, when it comes to accepting things like "someone might be preferring things totally differently" and tolerant to things in which one doesn't believe, but others do.
Mar. 24th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
"Chalta hai yaar...Jaane do yaar" attitude develops due to societal acceptance of the BAD and above that when society doesn't show appreciation for efforts towards GOOD things.

* BAD and GOOD need to be disambiguated based on the context and people affected.
Mar. 30th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
I agree...The way they try to defend their mistake is the worst part and makes u wonder if its worth taking the trouble to convince them at all!!
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
In India, people are far too busy to instill these virtues in their kids.
Some schools and parents do. Many have never thought of these things.
It's like - if you need to whack people everyday to get in and out of your train, your morals and virtues can go down the drain. When you're taking care of a house and small space and 2 kids, after a long day of work, you really don't care if someone is under your balcony or not.
These may be just excuses. But practically, you can only think of civic sense, cleanliness, respect, traffic laws once your basics are well covered.
Mar. 29th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
While recognising that at times, I may have been a member of the 'others are all wrong' set, I have some more excuses for that at this age, than what I had a few years before. Real education can not but make you humble - as Newton's quote of picking up shells illustrate so nicely. The sea-shore of knowledge is so vast, we will never even get a close glance of the space, let alone the full details. This realisation brings the humility. But with age and experience, you can often see through hollows in one's presentation/argument, though you dont know the subject. It is easy for the accused to ask "what does he know of xyz?". In many cases, he does not need to know! Of course, a lot depends on the nature of the topic, and the nature of objections raised. But don't under-value the objections - they may offer you better insight than what a subject expert can give you. It may hurt in the short run, but will lead you better in the long run.

It is compounded often by the attitude of the accused. One can often see, those with little exposure to the subject, talking with the confidence of someone who has seen it all. That is one wrong thing that our 'education' is now trying to teach. What the management schools inject into you. What all 'how to face interview' classes threaten you with. Confidence may be good; but often conflicts with humility - for both the accused, and the accusing! And in this era, humility is often taken to mean ignorance, and the day goes to the confident idiot than the humble guru.
Mar. 30th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
And in this era, humility is often taken to mean ignorance, and the day goes to the confident idiot than the humble guru.

I agree that humility is often taken to mean ignorance. But I wonder what can a younger person do if an elder has that irritating and baseless sense of superiority? If it was a technical matter, you could atleast quantify or logically prove the elder wrong.

So what I wanted to ask really was that is it not expected from a younger person if he claims being a really educated person to discount the elder person's haughtiness as lack of exposure/education?
Apr. 5th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Why should it be "expected"? If he/she can do so, well and good. But given that he is the younger, he can be given the benefit of doubt (of less experience). We should expect the correction from the "elder".
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