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!