By Christopher Simon

Lifelong Education

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instructions.” ~ Proverbs 1:7

It is almost a cliché to say that education must be continuous throughout one’s life. We all know that we live in a rapidly changing world and that technology isn’t waiting around for us to catch up.

The more important reason for lifelong education is that it takes a lifetime to figure out how to be a decent human being. This is one reason why it’s important for young people to listen to their elders and to read the classics.

The wisdom of the elders is the received wisdom of our culture, in much the same way as the classics contain the wisdom of the ages. Having to figure out everything on our own would be tantamount to reinventing the wheel. Education is a much more efficient way of adapting to life in a complicated and often dangerous world.