The importance of knowledge and understanding

Previously posted January 12, 2016 with minor changes.

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.” — Charlotte Brontë

This is a recurrent theme for me because education is so important to the survival of our species. Without a broad understanding of of ourselves, our cultures, our histories, and of all of the same for other cultures, we have limited capacity to see much beyond our own narrow focus. Without that viewpoint, compassion is hard, empathy nearly impossible, and we need both to survive and thrive.

Now seems like a very good time to dust off this quote and share it once again.

 

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