Education plays an imperative role in the enhancement of the world’s hasty civilization. It gives us prowess in our daily fracas with such vicious cycle called LIFE. However, it is not WISDOM at all. It is just a stride in attaining what we want to know or the society dictates what we should know. I, for one, am a true believer of education. Coming from an ordinary family, I have ascertained that ,indeed, education gives bliss to anyone who has it, a value that can surpass WEALTH, …but only if, it is used along with the heart. Indeed, our mind is our hegemony, but our heart is the center of our soul. So now, what then is an educated man?
“Is he the man who has read a lot? Is he the man who has read many facts and events?“, as what stated in one of my oratorical pieces during my high school days in Liceo de Cagayan University. It is like a de javu. When I woke up this morning, this arduous question struck my mind. It played and played like a broken record. So many people and experiences I have remembered. I have known quite a number of people who have not obtained college or university diplomas; nevertheless, they are successful in their chosen sphere. I remember my previous employer, who is a nautical degree holder in an unknown college in Cebu City, has successfully raised his banner. Now, he is one of the top players in the local IT hub. Being a businessman, moreso, in the IT industry, you need to be equipped with enough knowledge of the English language. But he is exactly the opposite. He can’t speak or write English well. I had to do his correspondence. But he is has a brawn of Ayala-Zobel and a charisma of Brad Pitt. He is an epitome of a true blue businessman with a heart. In all fairness to him, he is getting better and better each year, communication-wise. On the other side of the fence, I have a neighbor who comes from a prominent family, with siblings in all sort of professions, and graduated in Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan with honor. At 40, he has not experienced working for somebody….so proud to be on the top of the class. He can not afford seeing himself as an employee. Now, he ends up lonesome, has a family of his own and with no work at all.
Why gauge one’s intellect and skills with the much-awaited pricey diploma, handed during graduation? We are our own player.
Being an educated man is not just receiving a piece of paper every Commencement Exercise. It is about how you play the game of life. Not all is about the mind, but it should be coupled with the HEART.