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The Rubinshteinic Philosophy on Education (Also, a Directory On the Subject)

Updated: Mar 10


A school office room.


Education is a tool of society. Its purpose is to repress the best as it can everything in ourselves which is unacceptable, immature and abnormal at one hand, and praise, encourage and reward everything in ourselves which is normally seen as a virtue and appropriate, on the other hand. It’s like that tool that I forgot its name, that is used to weed out specific components while keep other specific components, like when we drop pasta and hot water into a bowl, and get rid of the hot water and preserve the pasta.


It teaches us to filter who we truly are, in the name of survival in society. Whether or not it does it properly, is another topic. A topic of competency.


Education does not necessarily bring happiness. It could be logically possible that people with no education whatsoever can be happier than those who are. Happiness in modern society is a threat on its high levels of consumptions, because if we are to be happy, it would be less likely that we would buy and consume many things on a regular basis, as happiness is the equivalent of satisfaction.


Therefore we learn as students the importance of success, of aiming high and of having grand dreams, for we are “the next leaders of our nations”. We are discouraged to be static, and instead we are constantly encouraged to be active as much as we can (giving to the community, having a rich social life, take interest in the country’s news and status, consider higher education, etc).


That is, while we learn that such things good, even if it may bring us suffering by constantly chasing after desires, and never finding satisfaction with the already existent. Basically, education is there for us to become better citizens, not better at finding life satisfying.


Then, question your education system, like it deserves.


I remember a specific day when I was a student in middle school. We were asked what our ambitions were for the following year. I honestly replied that I had no ambitions and that I was satisfied with the things I currently had and experienced in life.


However, even though I was a satisfied boy, I was still encouraged to think more about the question, until ultimately I was blamed for slothfulness. "Are you serious?" I thought to myself. "Why is it such a necessity to have ambitions in life, if satisfaction has already been attained, making more ambitions unnecessary?"


Education is the tool of the state. With this in mind, the main importance of education is to turn us into the next obedient and functioning units of society.


Thus, we learn the history of our nations, so we would feel connected to our motherlands; we learn math, just in case we could serve in high-tech positions that shall bring pride and fortune to our states; we learn languages so we would be better exposed to the media, and so forth.


Do our states wish us to be happy? I don't think they, as bodies of high authority, really care about what we feel as individuals. As long as we won't cause harm to others or to ourselves, we are left alone by them, while they expect from us to care about them and about the content that they create, from culture and media, to politics and international relationships.


This is hypocrisy.


This is just one logical argument that presents the possibility of society's egoism and patriotism; they don't care specifically about us, but we are encouraged to care about them, and we are especially praised when we are proud and loving of them.


Higher education neither necessarily makes us happier, as this type of education can be not only very expensive (at least in most countries), but very intensive, potentially-stressful, and time-consuming. We are praised when we are to learn a degree, even though having a degree won't necessarily make us happier either, and we won't necessarily find employment in a field we have spent many years and much money to learn it.


Nowadays, the primary purpose of higher education is to get better-paying jobs, even though even they may bring us much stress and take time from our private lives. As said before, reaching a more luxurious and better-paying job won't always be possible.


Even when we are to find ourselves in such applauded positions, we may need to fight for them and be in a constant state of competition against other people who could potentially be more preferred than us. Ultimately, it will be leading to us being fired, sometimes regardless of the effort we contributed to the corporation we worked at.


Sure, we can learn other academic fields, which won't necessarily increase the ability of us making more money in the future, but even such courses refer us to sources that can be used regardless of said courses and without paying for them, if at all. How unfair is that, ladies and gentlemen? We could literally earn more knowledge without paying much money, by being autodidacts.

Thus, again, much of the things which society applauds and encourages us to achieve will not necessarily change possible feelings of depression, melancholy, frustration, suffering, and so forth. Even a person who reaches luxurious achievements will still not necessarily be happy, regardless of the positive feedback they receive from others.


Many famous actors and singers, for example, who were and are very desired and known, have committed suicide or are at risk of doing so, or at least may feel depression on a regular basis.


Why, therefore, should we surrender ourselves to the collectively desired and attractive attributes and statuses if they are not necessarily beneficial for our well-being and the possibility of serenity?


For even in the social "heaven" where we are taught to aim through education and general socialization, there may be much trouble and much struggle, despite praise. So, what is the point of reaching for this "heaven" in the first place?

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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