posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 04:41 PM
Originally posted by NoRegretsEver
There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, "If I work very hard and diligently,
how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years."
The student then said, "But what if I work
very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast - How long then?" Replied the Master, "Well, twenty years." "But, if I really, really work at
it, how long then?" asked the student. "Thirty years," replied the Master. "But, I do not understand," said the disappointed student. "At each time
that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?"
Replied the Master, "When you have one eye on the goal, you
only have one eye on the path."
This is the dilemma I've faced within the American education system. We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating
as first in the class. However, in this way, we do not really learn. We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective.
Some of you may be thinking, “Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn't you learn something? Well, yes, you learned
something, but not all that you could have. Perhaps, you only learned how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order to clear
your mind for the next test. School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as
soon as possible.
I am now accomplishing that goal. I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class.
However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and
working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I will leave in the fall to
go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work. But I contest that I am a human
being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him.
But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later
become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker.
I love that. The best back-handed compliment I ever heard.
Thanks for nothing.
At least she has a positive attitude about it all.
edit on 8-3-2012 by Taupin Desciple because: (no reason given)