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A cultured person is not someone who accumulates more knowledge

A cultured person is not someone who accumulates more knowledge A cultured person is not someone who accumulates more knowledge
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I write wanting to speak and express myself in a language that is sentipensante (feeling-thinking), a very precise word taught to me by fishermen of the Colombian coast of the Caribbean sea.  And for that reason, precisely for that reason, I don’t like at all to be called an intellectual.  I feel like I am thereby turned into a bodiless head, which is also an uncomfortable situation, and that my reason and emotion are being divorced from one another.  One supposes that an intellectual is someone capable of knowing, but I prefer someone capable of comprehending.  A cultured person is not someone who accumulates more knowledge, because then there will be nobody more cultured than a computer.  A cultured person is someone who knows how to listen, to listen to others and listen to the thousand and one voices of the natural world of which we are a part.  In order to speak, I listen.  I write on a round-trip journey, I pick up words that I return, stated in my method and manner, to the world from which they come.

 

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We live in an age which conflates knowledge with wisdom. Instant access to information leaves us increasingly jaded in the face of such questions as the very purpose of knowing itself, of the philosophical project which underlies man's quest for understanding. Intellectualism in such a world becomes a pursuit of increasingly esoteric learning, hollow and vapid; doing little to improve our ability to live well with ourselves and thus with others. Take the typical high school classroom - the bored adolescent is a quintessential symbol of education from the US to my own country, Pakistan. What fuels this disassociation? Where does knowledge inhibit the acquisition of culture, of values, and instead emerge as an enterprise geared at the production of clone-like minds devoid of the wonder of living, of life itself?

By faruzanbtt82 | 01/06/2020 |

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