Identifying the Educated

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to grow and change.” – Carl R. Rogers. I chose this quote to write on because of its constant importance in rhetoric. Many people will have arguments over a multitude of topics, and the majority of these arguments either end in harsh feelings or uncommon ground on the subject.

People have their views, but at one time or another these views must change. In a technical sense in that, as a child, they may think certain things simply because they have not seen a different side to it. “The sky is blue because it is reflecting the ocean”. This is ignorance. But to hear and know another side to a topic (in a normal sense), and understand that it is fact and what you currently know is incorrect, and then rebuke that fact. That is stupidity. Education is meant to make the mind grow, to change, to expand on things we accept as the base of our knowledge. Many people though, let their minds grow like an oak tree in a stable environment without real world effects affecting their knowledge. Once their minds are developed and strong, but lacking in experience and an open view, it is very hard to change them. But to be open, to see the world around you as it truly exists, and to understand through education this world, is to have a mind like a Bonsai; able to mold and change with new knowledge.

We must all stand for something, yet have humility enough to see when we are wrong. Especially in a learning environment. The reason this topic has so much importance in rhetoric comes from the need to view things from every angle to write a convincing argument on any topic.

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2 thoughts on “Identifying the Educated

  1. This is really good! There’s just one sentence however, that I tripped over a bit while reading it.
    “But to hear and know another side to a topic (in a normal sense), and understand that it is fact and what you currently know is incorrect, and then rebuke that fact.”

    But other than that, this is an excellent post. I love the bonsai simile!

  2. Thanks for your input! I understand what you are saying about the wording there. What I mean is being informed on something that is the truth, and ignoring that truth even though you know it IS true, and continuing to believe your ignorant information simply to be proud and stubborn. Does that make sense?

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