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On Discussion & Education – Part I

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Discussion is the highest point of education because it is so suitable to human nature.  As wonderful a discipline as writing is, it more removed from natural human interaction than discussion.  First, writing is a complete action.  Any event or thought that is being written should be complete.  The consequence of this is that the writer cannot be involved in the daily flow of life as it happens while he is writing.  Further, no written work is perfect.  There will always be confusion about the use of particular terms, and sometimes the writer’s message may be entirely lost to the reader.  This is much less likely to be a problem in a discussion. 

In a discussion men may always ask questions to have terms and arguments clarified for him.  During a discussion mistakes may be corrected and forgiven and ideas may be explored because there is no material evidence of what is said.  This free form of learning truly lends itself to men being more active in their own education because discussion demonstrates thought and can foster and further it.  It only follows that men should become more free through discussion rather than through the removed activities of reading and writing. 

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Written by thismodernage

June 26, 2008 at 8:25 am