Education in America has never been important and more vital to our spiritual, emotional, mental, physical and relational health as individuals. To do this we must return to foundational truths that are true for all human beings to resurrect our language, redeem words, restore the life for all creatures and creation and rebuild relationships.
We have allowed ourselves to be entertained and not taken seriously our own seeking and searching for truth and wisdom. More than ever, we have the responsibility to take on the task of creating the space and time to nourish our spirits, hearts, minds and bodies with the very best nutrients we can find.
Thoreau warned about the triviality of current news in the 1800s. Dietrich Bonhoeffer even talked about the lack literature in his time that instructed and challenged human beings at the deepest levels. Even the Bible talks about words that tickle our ears. Albert Einstein said, “Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.”
No it’s not easy reading old books. My favorites Henry David Thorea, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wendell Berry and Soren Kierkegaard remind me on a daily basis just how very ignorant I am. But I keep reading and praying that God would increase my understanding, and truthfully he has answered that prayer. Seriously, truth is not easy to just swallow. It’s not like what we are used to in this ultra-processed French fry world but it is good and as feed on it-IT TRANSFORMS YOU.
Remember-we are more than Democrats or Republicans, we are human beings, and what we need more than ever are millions of healthy human beings who know how to love well and know what TRUTH looks like, taste like, smells like, sounds like and feels like.
“The world wants to be deceived; not only is it deceived—ah, then the matter would not be so dangerous!—but it wants to be deceived. Intensely, more intensely, more passionately perhaps than any witness to the truth has fought for the truth, the world fights to be deceived; it most gratefully rewards with applause, money, and prestige anyone who complies with its wish to be deceived. And perhaps the world has never needed to become sober as much as it does today.”