Education of the Integral Man

Hello! I chose for the first post of this year a theme that I love and which I intend to dedicate myself this year, which is the Education of the Integral Man. But wait … you must be wondering what this has to do with sustainability? And I say everything because sustainability is promoted (or hindered) by guess who? By man, so if we, human beings, are not properly “educated” guess what we will promote? The ” non-sustainability”…

Let’s start with a thought of Albert Einstein: Science is wonderful, but it cannot value human life, a 100% scientific man can be 0% good, 100% of instruction is not necessarily 100% of education, precisely because values come from another region.

Well, then it seems that there is a difference between “education” and “Instruction.”

Hubert Rohden (Brazilian educator and philosopher) in his book “Education of the Integral Man” says:

“The instruction is intended to provide man with knowledge and use of objects necessary for their professional life. The education is intended to awaken and develop at man the values of human nature, because human nature exists in each individual only in potential form, embryonic. ”

Still, according to Einstein: “The discovery of the laws of nature – the science – makes the erudite man, but does not make a man good. A good man is one who holds the values that are within your consciousness.” Thus: “The instructed man is erudite. The educated man is good. ”

Interesting, is not it? So it means that only transmit scientific knowledge does not means educating. What makes perfect sense, because the same knowledge can be used to destroy the planet (in search of immediate profits) or to live sustainably (environmentally, socially and economically), depends on education, consciousness of the person who is using this knowledge.

In the next post we will see about the meaning of “Integral Man”, and ways for this “education “. See you soon!

About Ana Marques

Woman, scientist, consultant. But above all, a common human being, willing to help, share, transform!
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6 Responses to Education of the Integral Man

  1. Jordi Morrós says:

    Hola Ana Cristina.

    Espero con interés la continuación de esta serie de posts.

    Como profesor universitario siempre me ha interesado reflexionar sobre las diferencias entre “instruction” and “education”.

    Hasta pronto.

  2. Dear Ana Cristina,

    thanks a lot for loosely connecting via LinkedIn. Yesterday I stepped across an interesting interview with Richard Feynman on the “Beauty of Nature” – https://twitter.com/ralflippold/status/313274711641563137

    The “Integral Man” as you are describing it in your post perhaps is what is also coined as the “Renaissance Man” of the past, integrating many fields of life. This often is lacking nowadays as education is focusing on specialized fields, and the connection between the fields is to often “disguised”.

    A while ago I wrote about this, and how the fields of different arts can facilitate the process towards educating the “Integral Man” in our fast paced times: http://bizdesigndd.blogspot.de/2011/01/return-of-renaissance-man.html

    Kind regards, Ralf

    PS.: My connection with University Radboud Nijmegen is the International System Dynamics Conference 2006 to which Prof. John D. Sterman, Head of System Dynamics Group, MIT Sloan School of Management, invited me. Back then I worked at BMW at the new plant in Leipzig in production control, and an integral view of the myriad of (social) processes was more than crucial to understand the various outcomes.

    • Ana Marques says:

      Dear Ralf,

      Thanks for sharing these great ideas! I have never thought about these conections with the Renaissance Man, seems an interesting point.

      Nice to know that you also have had some connection of Radboud University.

      Kind regards, Ana

  3. Hugo Skoppek says:

    Your article reminds me very much of the ancient Greek aphorism “Know thyself” which is inscribed in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece.
    I am absolutely with you. I am a firm believer that the gap between practical knowledge (techne) and moral wisdom (phronesis) may be the main cause of the problems in the world.

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