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Education and life... A professor and fisherman sailed in boat. As a  fisherman works hard to get the beach, our professor looks at him and say: "Well..you always work here, but do you know about psychology?"
A fisherman said: "No..I don't..."
Professor said: "You lost so much! Did you know about numerous researches and about famous philosophers? You lost 1/3of your life then!..."
Professor asks again: "Maybe you know about theaters and paintings, Do you know who is Glinka or Da Vinci? "
A fisherman smiled and said: "no.."
Professor said:" then you lost 2/3 of your life..you don't know anything..anything in this life..."
But there started the storm weather on the sea, fisherman asked professor: "Can you swim?"
"No...."
You lost your life then...
What do you think about the story? Do you think that people who doesn't have a high education will never understand those who has? Do universities make people humble? 


Feb 24, 2018 10:39 AM
Comments · 6

I think it is a misunderstanding of the nature of humans that achievements in higher education somehow reflect the level of someone's intelligence rather than the level of that person's ability to apply themselves in academic situations. The professor in your hypothetical conversation is suffering from a superiority complex because he doesn't understand that the fisherman can have a rich and rewarding life without access to all the knowledge that he has. This superiority complex is common where I'm from because people make an assumption that their university qualification makes them smarter than someone without a formal education. The oddity of this is that to some extent the ability to attend university is dependant on your ability to pay for it. So should we judge a persons intelligence by their wealth or academic success when you can be extremely intelligent without either wealth or academic success.

I think that the fisherman without education understands perfectly well the highly educated now deceased professor. The fisherman is probably watching the sunset over the beach, smoking a Gauloises and chuckling to himself thinking, “who's the smart one now?”

February 24, 2018

The book"Flowers for Algernon" is about a happy but stupid person who receives an operation that makes him much smarter.  However, his increased intelligence makes him become less kind and less happy. There are similar ideas in Daoism.  However, in modern America, this doesn't seem to be the case.  There are a few high-paid professions, like doctors and lawyers, which have a high suicide rate.  However, in general, the more education you receive, the less likely you are to commit suicide.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16279300

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28756896

So, a worthless liberal-arts degree can quite literally save your life.

February 24, 2018
Learning in life doesn't mean going to schools and learn researchs, there are a lot of things we can learn from treating others like generosity, courageous, assistance, perseverance, etc
So I firmly believe that those long term morals and ethics we can't characterized by in schools or even home, it comes with interacting with people and the life's experience
February 24, 2018
I think this one is the best: "Be wise like snakes and simple as doves".
February 24, 2018
 Thank you Omar
February 25, 2018
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Sarah
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Bulgarian, English, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian
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Norwegian