THE INTELLECTUAL GHETTO

Words: OWEN ROGERS
April 21, 2013

ART BY ROB FINNEN In higher education we indulge ourselves in an outrageous luxury. It’s a delicate lynchpin in any enviable society; the final mind-blowing episode in a process aiming to enlighten. So why, when evaluating my time at university do I feel somewhat unsatisfied? I recently learned that the word education derives from the […]


ART BY ROB FINNEN

In higher education we indulge ourselves in an outrageous luxury. It’s a delicate lynchpin in any enviable society; the final mind-blowing episode in a process aiming to enlighten. So why, when evaluating my time at university do I feel somewhat unsatisfied? I recently learned that the word education derives from the verb ‘educe’, meaning ‘to draw from within’. What a beautiful notion. A process that exposes something you didn’t know you had. A process where the ideas you explore and subsequently create, become you. Do you feel me getting further away from the student experience with every word? At first blurt I had said to a friend that perhaps this vast difference was a downfall of the individual, that university is what you make of it, and that you can achieve such things if you want. But my skepticism was misplaced. Why would you or I achieve such things at this point? After all, university is not advertised as a place of mind expansion, but instead as a means to more gainful employment. Where is the signpost that indicates the best way to absorb, experience and use your education?..It’s not there. It’s not there because that signpost would generate a plethora of young adults who challenged ideas, and unfortunately, such an educational outcome is wrongly perceived as economically damaging. Instead what is preferred is a well-trained individual, twenty-five grand in the hole, because no one works more compliantly than they who cannot afford to lose their job. Do you hear me? It is here educationalists have lost a political battle, and the leaders of our country have succeeded in creating a miserable intellectual ghetto.

Rob Finnen http://www.robfinnen.com/

Rob Finnen http://www.robfinnen.com/

To say that education is the sole cause of this mental state is of course false. It’s a cog to an age-old method of social control, where fear and perceived targets – most of which are bullshit – trickle down into every orifice of existence through media, school, some art and manipulative political output. This incubates an unpleasant status quo in the educational system, where fear motivates you towards an A+ – so your life doesn’t fall into disrepair – while teachers and lecturers meet class targets, to keep their jobs. No longer is the emphasis placed on developing a conscious human being. Instead, education is bastardised into a process where everything seems less scary if students just keep answering questions.

For the individual, this is a subtle damager of our freedoms, helping to create an anesthetised population, taught only to know, but not think. Proof of the connection issue between what you know and think lies in numb reaction. For example, you know inequality is bad, yet you feel no anger when the monarchy is celebrated. You know murder is wrong, but the death of ninety thousand innocent Iraqi’s doesn’t really bother you. This is the ghetto’s victory: a widespread indifference to inhumanity and a broken-horse population.

Reevaluate your education if apathy is your default emotion. Are you an A+ student? Are you conscious? Are you both? Or are you neither?


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