Real Education and “Smarts”

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity. – Nancy Astor

We begin life as babies with no sense of separation, later we learn that there’s “me” and everyone else.

If we’re lucky we feel connected to everyone else, but so often we focus on ourselves and we’re off to “Ego Land.”

Ego Land is place where it’s all about me and what I need and what I can get and what I deserve . . . and on and on and on.

Ego Land looks like a great place, but it’s an illusion. It’s a place of scarcity, separation and suffering.

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The alternative is connection.

Knowing – and more importantly feeling – that we’re all connected is what’s true.

When we resist this truth we suffer.

When we embrace it, we flourish.

And that’s real smarts.

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