Our parents grew up they weren’t raised, and because they can only promote us to their own level of exposure, we weren’t raised too. Instead, we get an equal chance at growing up, only this time better.
Our parents assisted our thinking for some odd 3-5 years and the decisions we made and choices we took reflected this. Soon, they realized that ‘I want my children to be greater than me’ seemed valid especially as it was steeped in good intentions and high hopes. They gave us over to ‘formal education’ for training, they exchanged currency in return for their dreams; the least they wanted in return from you was success, the type they saw in glossy magazines and TV’s dressed up as lawyers and doctors and engineers. That to them typified success and if their children had that then life is good.
Formal education gets you certified by a recognized authority to attest to the fact you’ve fulfilled some conditions that makes you deserving of a certificate. Our parents are gleaming with joy…their dreams are coming true through you
‘ just get a good job, then after a while marry and then give us grandchildren’
Your desire to be ‘great’ is largely fueled by the sense of accomplishment the certificate brings and before long you expect that the world owes you ‘greatness‘… after all a magnum cum laud from Harvard should be duely compensated for.
Your expectations begins to wane gradually, they weren’t wrong, they just weren’t the right the powers that be approved. Right is relative depending on who holds the cards. The scales begins to fall of your eyes. You begin to realize that just because you heard ‘education is the best legacy‘ all your life doesn’t mean it’s true and just because it came from your parents doesn’t mean it cant be questioned. Usually, the truth is not popular and our parents can be wrong as well as right.
School prepared you to succeed at a job, life demands you succeed first as a human being. You did not expect to be faced with such conflicting reality. It’s just like studying for an English examination and the exam questions are mathematics. You cannot begin to read in an exam hall. You realize there and then that there is more to life than school and exams and being book smart. The tools you need to succeed in life are rarely taught in school. You need answers.
You begin to exercise your mind. First, you ventilate it by exposing it to other perspectives and ideologies. Thankfully, formal education made you an independent thinking soul capable of making informed decisions and choices. You start to leverage on this advantage. A little here, a little there..Your journey to discovery begins.
You soon realize that a legacy can be many things including, a name, money and education. Education was enthroned as the best legacy in your society, it didn’t have to become your truth without your permission, but because you didn’t know you could even permit and not permit, it became your truth. You’ve lived it for so long, questioning it now seems alien to you and as is the case with conformity, it repels curiosity.
On your journey to discovery, you discover that some things cannot just be explained. You have the truth on one hand but making it work for you, seems like you are hitting your head on a brick wall. It dawns on you finally that Truth without an intimacy with ‘The Truth‘ was like pouring sand into a basket. Empty, futile and useless. You need to have an intercourse with The truth through his word.
A little here a little there, you learn consistency and listening. Not just the art but the act. Soon you understand that there is a place of communicated knowledge (books, tapes ) but Rev. Knowledge trumps communicated knowledge ALWAYS. He starts to download truths to you usually in raw form, you begin to convert them into differing expressions. These expressions begins to make sense of truth and soon, truth begins to work for you. Before long, it just seems like ‘you know how to do it, things are just ‘working’ for you’. Of course, they don’t know how crazy it looked to make a rapid departure from the norm, they have no idea the sacrifices you made on the journey and because humans are humans, they want to copy the answer without going through your ‘workings’.
On your journey, you learnt the most profound truth known to man and that is education isn’t in fact the ‘best’ legacy, a life of conviction birthed from an intimacy with ‘The truth’ is the best legacy. Curriculums can and will change, what is enthroned as best now maybe be dethroned later; your ‘life’ really is not worth handing down to the next generation if it is rooted in the ‘best’ of man characterized by fickleness.
At the end of the day, the word stands true and sure and through it can true greatness be sourced and sustained.