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"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the
lighting of a fire."
—William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was a famous Irish poet
and dramatist. He was a leader of the Irish Renaissance during the early
20th century. Many critics consider him the greatest
English-writing poet of the 20th century, because of the rich
symbolism found in his words and descriptive poems. He was awarded the
Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923. You might enjoy reading Among School
Children, or The Second Coming, or For Anne Gregory.
you agree with the critics?
On The Quote:
Your version of Yeats' comment on education is as
important and acceptable as is mine. To me, his words mean that I can attend
classes for years on a variety of subjects. I can memorize endless facts
and figures. I can learn to play a musical instrument. I can learn to play
tennis, to swim, or to ice skate. I can participate in many sports or
school/community events. I can go to work daily for years. I can fill my
mind with all sorts of trivia. This is "filling the pail." BUT,
unless the words I’m reading and the activities I’m experiencing
inspire me to do something extra (to do it better, to say it better, to
do it a different way, to prove the old way wrong or ineffective, or to
enthusiastically share with others), my education is incomplete.
increase in knowledge and experiences should excite me! It should
"light a fire."
What do YOU think?
the development and training of one’s mind, character, and skills.
scholarly, learned, erudite, accomplished, cultivated,
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Compete confidently with peers worldwide.
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Through the use of someone else's words!
Words of wisdom.
may stimulate your conversations!
Words that may
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Words that are worthy of
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your ever said that . . .
History is boring? Math isn’t my thing? Music stinks
(unless it’s my choice and coming from my personal stereo)? Art is for geeks only? Ditto for poetry? I'm not an "intellectual?" Nobody from the past could possibly understand
the pressures I'm experiencing today or say anything worth listening to? I'm different?
Somebody who lived a century ago might as well have
come from another planet???!
time to change your mind!
no longer compete with only your classmates, in your own school, in your
own company, in your own town.
The use of computers and the Internet will place you in competition with
your peers worldwide.
in the future will not be service oriented. Jobs will become
You can fly into your future with
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receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no
one can take for us or spare us."
(1871-1922) was a French novelist. He spent most of his younger
years seeking the company of the most fashionable and intellectual people
of his times. Around 1905, he completely retired from his
socializing and began work on his semi-autobiographical novel, which
consisted of 16 volumes! It took him 14 years to complete the work
(1913-1927). The novel was translated into English, in the decade of
1922-1932, and was entitled, Remembrance of Things Past. Proust
wanted to objectively (in a fair, unbiased, unprejudiced way)
recreate the society in which he lived. He succeeded, because he
was able to recapture the minutest sensory and psychological
details, through his ability for almost total recall. His writing style
was quite complicated, but the influence it made on other novelists is
considered immeasurable. What a fascinating and cool way to study
the history of an age . . . rather than from an encapsulated
version in a history book! Look up Proust's book in
your library and read several chapters. Do
you like reading history like this?
keep a personal journal? Try writing more details about what you
experience and see and feel and smell each day. Maybe, someday, you
can write a book about the society in which you are living, during your
period of history.
Your interpretation of
Proust's comment on the acquiring of wisdom is as
important and acceptable as is mine. To me, it means that I cannot become
a smarter, wiser, more "educated" person by merely showing up
in school because it is a state and federal requirement, or by
memorizing just enough facts to get a passable grade from the teacher or
to satisfy my parents, or by putting in eight hours at work and no more. No one and no process can make me
become an intelligent person. I don't acquire wisdom
by merely sitting in the right chair in the right room or place of
business for a specific
number of years. The desire must come from within
I must create an
attitude that learning about my world, and my place in it is a
personal commitment. I must find as much curiosity and excitement
about the changing weather of each day as I do about the changing music
trends, art and fashion trends, sports' heroes, television offerings,
world politics and leaders, food fads, and medical and scientific
discoveries. My personal journey to acquire wisdom (become wise)
will take my entire life! Some of my journey will involve hard
times and many trials and rejections. It will involve as much loss
as gain. My ability to learn from mistakes and to survive these
trials will add to the depth and breadth of my wisdom.
What do YOU think?
relating to the senses: it can be seen, heard, touched, felt.
abridged, shortened, condensed, summarized, abbreviated.
means: the ability to recognize what is true and right and to make good
based on that ability.
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— General H. Norman
truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it."
General H. Norman
Schwarzkopf, who is now retired from active military duty, is one of our
most famous and beloved patriots. From the time he was a young boy,
his life involved the army. He lived abroad with his parents, during
his teenage years, and he feels this experience enabled him to understand
people from many nationalities, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. He
served two combat tours in Viet Nam, but became best known as the
Commander of Operations of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Now, he
produces programs about what is right about America, and he is chairman of
the STARBRIGHT Capital Campaign, "which focuses on improving the
quality of life for seriously ill children." He is a genuine
hero, who has served our country with honor. Everyone, from our
presidents and senators, to ordinary citizens, like you and me, admires him
and uses him as an example. He lives his
life, by "doing the right thing."
On The Quote:
version of Schwarzkopf's comment is as important and acceptable as is
mine. To me, his words mean that not only our parents and relatives,
but many teachers, church or synagogue leaders, sport coaches and
instructors, music teachers, neighbors, television personalities and
community leaders have influenced us during our growing and maturing years
about how and why to "do the right thing." Where some of
these "leaders" may have presented poor influences themselves,
there were always others to take up the slack. . . . IF we opened our hearts
and minds and ears to their words and behaviors. These days, none of
us lives in a total vacuum.
know, from an early age, that we should not tell lies, or steal, or use drugs,
or use alcohol as a minor (or drink to excess as an adult), or drive over the
speed limit or without the use of seat belts, or seek sexual pleasure from
those who are not old enough for the responsibility of raising unwanted children,
or hurt an innocent person. We must stop at red lights. We must
not cheat in performing school or work activities. We must respect
people in positions of authority (i.e., teachers, police, ministers, doctors,
grandparents, coaches, bosses, managers.) There are always
consequences to pay, if we don't follow these simple moral codes.
know we should not take things that do not belong to us, or make fun of other
people (because of their different appearance, their lack of intelligence,
their awkwardness, their inability to do something we can do, their skin
color, religious belief, hair style, ear size, or because they wear
glasses). We know we should not belittle someone who is shorter or much
taller, or thinner or heavier than we are.
we know this . . . why do we participate in such negative and hurtful
Schwarzkopf became a respected general and national leader, by following the
rules the military service has set for its members. He carried these
rules into his daily life. He would be the first to tell us that good
rules (those society makes, or the Ten Commandments or similar moral rules
prescribed by other world religions) do not restrict us from enjoying our
lives. It is just the opposite. They enhance our enjoyment of life,
because those around us know they can be safe in our presence, and that we
will not betray, criticize, mock or tease them. When people trust
us, they enjoy being in our presence, and they give back to us, with their
kind of person are you? Do you practice the Golden Rule? Do you
remember it? "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto
you." Do you think that is what General Schwarzkopf means, when
he said we always know the right thing to do?
What do YOU think?
means: "...all the rules of conduct established and enforced by
the authority, legislation, or custom of a given community, state, or
other group . . ." Webster's New World College Dictionary,
means: "...a fixed principle that determines conduct; habit; custom .
. ." ibid.
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