Who was the most educated civilization known to man in the 1940s? By most metrics, they could add, subtract, multiply and divide other civilizations into the ground.
Great Britain? Rome? Canada?
That’s the decade Hitler came to power.*
Education isn’t everything. Education is the gift of choice and thought, a weapon arming us with the capacity to do and create. We talk about education as if it is the answer to all our problems, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle.
Education gives people power, but what we do with that power is equally important. Wall Street bankers are some of the most educated people we have here in the US. What good are their Harvard degrees doing us?
I think we must teach empathy as well. By feeling what others feel, an educated man (or woman) can do good with that education. That’s the only way.
In the words of Peter Parker’s Uncle, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
We don’t just need smart people. We need smart people who care.**
Written with Love,
A few updates from Superhero HQ! The past week was a whirlwind of tasty tortas, spicy salsa, and niños locos. Sadly México está finito. More stories to come.
Experiment #1 is official! The Email villains and I will only do battle twice a day. No matter what meme tempts my inbox or what email is life or death, I’m only scratching the itch twice a day.
Goofy Facebook selfies and tweets will be cut down to a daily ritual as well. Some say that this will be doing the impossible. We shall see. Email and Facebook are beautiful when used well and a time-sucking-black-hole of death when used poorly. Here’s to using it well for a month. Wish me luck.
* I stumbled on this in a book. If you come across more stats that back it up, I’d LOVE them to send to a few people. Shoot it my way.
** Join our tribe of Superheroes on the left! We’ll send instructions on how to make a cape out of a bedsheet. Hint: it has to do with tying the sheet in a cape-like fashion around your neck.