Fear Prevents True Education
Michael Oakeshott stated that, "Each of us is born in a corner of the earth and at a particular moment in historic time, lapped round with locality. But school and university are places apart where a declared learner is emancipated from the limitations of his local circumstances...He finds himself invited to [conversations.]" It is through these conversations and observations that we may learn the inhibiting and unrelenting cancer of fear.
|President Joseph F. Smith|
|President David O. McKay|
President David O. McKay stated, "True education--the education for which the Church stands--is the application of knowledge to the development of a noble and Godlike character. . . character is the aim of true education; and science, history, and literature are but means used to accomplish the desired end. Character is not the result of chance work but of continuous right thinking and right acting. [GI, pp. 44041]
According to Krishnamurti, true education rests with an atmosphere ready to receive the inquirer with open hearts and a determination to distinguish fear. With this type of education we can allow students the availability to, “constantly [inquire,] constantly [observe,] constantly [learn] and to acquire intelligent answers to life’s problems.” Krishnamurti also wants to make it clear that through this pursuit of a true education one must be able to, “think freely without fear.” It is fear that prevents us from proper schooling and it is, he claims, only by freeing ourselves from this world of trepidation that we are capable and prepared to receive authentic intelligence. “Any form of ambition, spiritual or mundane, breeds anxiety, fear; therefore ambition does not help to bring about a mind that is clear, simple, direct and hence intelligent.” For example those who feel troubled or afraid to raise their hand or to simply inquire for further information upon any given thing, are in reality preventing a great opportunity for essential growth and learning.
Like Krishnamurti, Aristotle alludes to the fault of both the human being and of outside compelling forces. Those ignorant compelling forces may harm and distort our journey to balance the scale of virtue. “Indeed we sometimes praise those who show deficiency, and call them patient, and sometimes those who display temper, calling them manly.” If the human race is only to fulfill his pleasure of receiving this kind of praise then his scale becomes uneven and, “noticeable.” He says, “The man who deviates only a little from the right degree, either in excess or in deficiency is not censured - only when one goes too far, because he is noticeable.”
“In the past, human muscle was the source of the products that made life better. Today, those products are increasingly created by the power of the human mind," and if through fear we prevent ourselves from increasing the power of our minds we become weaker and weaker until we have succumbed to the weakest of the human muscles and no single weak human muscle has ever built anything magnificent.