Learning In Wartime Analysis

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Education has been a part of human life since its creation. Infants are helpless creatures that need to be taught everything from how to speak, to how to eat, walk, and run. In youth, curiosity is abundant as most experiences are completely new. As more things are learned the scope of possibilities grows and the potential for greatness emerges. But for most, there reaches a time in which they become satisfied with the view of the world that they have built and no longer pursue higher understanding; however, some continue on into the world of higher education where beliefs are challenged and a worldview is broadened. In Leon Kass’s “The Aims of Education” and C.S. Lewis’s “Learning in Wartime” The purpose of the pursuit of higher education is …show more content…
This is directly influenced by our own self-perception as thoughtfulness can only be taught to an extent before it must be the student developing their own thoughts, and asking their own questions. Kass poses the question of “Not only who, but what are we human beings?” and it is an important point to make, as if there is no purpose to life, then there is no purpose of education. This idea is based on Lewis’s piece, and the absolute certainty, at least in his mind, that truth and knowledge should always be pursued, even when there are circumstances larger than learning biology or so it seems. Seeing as it is the belief of most of the world that there is some higher purpose we have yet to be aware of it is logical for people to strive for a higher understanding. Education and thoughtful thinking provide the world with better people who have a full scope of knowledge and want to pursue a higher purpose, bettering the world as a whole. This can be frightening as the wider the worldview is, the more injustices we become aware of. If it is the duty of the human race to help one another, thoughtfulness places humanity ever closer to reaching its