Surely a humble peasant who serves God is better than a proud astronomer who knows how to chart the heavens’ stars but lacks all knowledge of himself.
Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
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The Imitation of Christ was written in the early 15th century by an Augustinian monk. It has survived the centuries and stands as a classic among spiritual writings. It serves as a good daily guide and deserves a place on the night stand or near the easy chair. It can be read is small segments and it fosters contemplation and understanding. It teaches and inspires.
Think about the above.
Immediately we see that self knowledge, knowing who we are and why we act as we do, think and feel as we do is critical to our existence. Likewise we see that understanding why it is that we exist, have been called to life is an inescapable question.
Additionally, you see that formal education is not the point in human existence. It is not a holy grail. The intellect is but a part of the human person neither all nor the reason for being.
Do you have self knowledge? Do you know who you are? Why you are brought into being? How you will live in value and in virtue? And as to education, have you acquired knowledge of things and ignored knowledge of yourself?
Remember St. Paul:
“… for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness …”
Do not choose the head and miss the heart, for it is in the knowing of self that one meets the soul and the Divine. In our journey to our true self we come to know humility, gratitude and contentment. Peace and wisdom follow.