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The Problem with the World: Me

Posted in Behavior, Education, General, Philosophy, Quotes, Unlearning Curve

Chesterton7  “The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things.”

The above quote is from G.K. Chesterton, a British author and thinker, about whom I know very little. In my never-ending quest to unlearn, however, I keep stumbling upon his writings.

After reading the following story, I am now even more determined to learn about him: Chesterton was once asked by a London newspaper to join other authors and thinkers to address the weighty and important question of "what's wrong with the world." His response:

Dear Sirs,

I am.

Sincerely yours,

G.K. Chesterton 

It's not only a witty reply, it also reflects a great deal of humility and wisdom. In fact, I'd argue it is almost Zen-like in its simplicity and truthfulness. If all of us — including myself — would just stop trying to fix all the problems of the world and instead focus our efforts internally on improving ourselves, the world would be a better place.

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