|Growing up, we acquire various survival skills and in
one form or another an education. Underlying all that acquired behavior is an increased
1. Pay attention, and
2. Know what to pay attention to.
One way or another we learn more or less how to avoid hot stoves,
mudholes, the more obvious abysses and chasms.
But the education we get through school and experience is never perfect. In fact, it is
generally highly imperfect.
High school graduates go into lifelong menial jobs with no clue about what to do with
their mindswhat to pay attention to during a career of often repetitive, boring
College graduates get more money but have no inner training for dealing creatively with
lives devoted to profit, profit, profit.
Ph.D.s sail off into lives of intense abstraction, disconnected from their bodies
and the larger world.
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