Sometime back on these pages I had quoted:
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
“The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.” — Einstein
I believe that to have a mindful life the seeds of this thinking should be sawed early in the life. It is very difficult to scale back when the thinking is clouded and the pressure of passion has already possessed you. The aim of education should be to achieve freedom, a freedom from the worries of life.
It is said in Sanskrit….ll सा विद्या या विमुक्तये ll meaning the knowledge is for freedom.
tat-karma yan-na bhandaaya
saa vidhyaa yaa vimuktaye;
aayaa saayaa param karma
vidyaa-anyaa shilpa naipu Nam…From Vishnupuran
Those acts alone which help one to avoid bondage are the rightful/righteous acts and that learning alone which leads one to release is real knowledge or vidya.All other acts end up only in fatigue and all other learning is a mere exhibition of skill in arts
which means Education is that which has Liberation as its aim or Knowledge is that which liberates. http://sanskarsarjan.blogspot.com/2008/12/sa-vidya-ya-vimuktaye.html
The life in western world is all go, go, go. It leads to lots of external gains but internal emptiness. This is toxic to an individual, family, society and nation(s). We all know this is a rat race! Not too many in this part of the world dare to point out the fallacies of faulty living. There is no promotion of “Higher living and simple thinking”. On the contrary this inclination may be consider as a weakness. Once in a while you may find an article like this to bring in sanity. It is never too late to change the course of your life for a betterment.