. . . Educate. What does it mean to ‘educate’ a person? These days, we seem mostly to think ‘education’ is the same as ‘teaching’, but ‘teaching’ is putting things in; facts, thoughts, ideas . . . ‘education’ springs from the root ‘educare’; “to draw forth”. In ‘educare’ lies the implication that something already lies within us, needing only to be awakened, nourished, given time, room, support, so that it might grow to its fullest capacity; so that we might become more closely a fulfillmeng of our potential.
In ‘teaching’ there is an assumption that we are born empty husks, waiting to be filled; and what better to fill us with than the kapok of facts, that we might grow to be a better fit for the factories, for the factory way of life? Why? Because good factory workers spend their lives to enrich others with material things, with ‘power over’ rather than to enrich themselves with ‘power to’ . . .
I could go on, but today will be busy. The landlord came yesterday, but the heating system required a plumber, who has just now replaced the motor that opens and shuts the valve. Now to put things back and sort a few more bags/boxes. Not to mention running the vacuum and dustcloth over places that have not seen the light of day all winter . . . and then a walk with my friend A. It’s been weeks since weather and schedules allowed a walk. I’m feeling very ‘spring-feverish’ today, likely a result of more daylight and actual sunshine together with the moving of bags, boxes and furniture that was enforced by the heating failure. The universe conspires for the greater good . . . and I’m off to join the conspiracy! 😉 Have a great day, whether Thursday or Friday!