We Don’t Need No Education…sorta

Those who "know everything" know nothing of Knowing.

Those who “know everything” know nothing of Knowing.

Knowledge is power. There is no counter-argument. After all, that’s the main reason why professional divinationists do what they do. Once you know what’s up, you have the power to make a better decision. Once you make better decisions, you have better experiences, which brings wisdom.

Knowledge is power, wisdom is peace.

So, woe to the “Hermione Grangers” of the world who insist on cracking their skulls against the glass ceilings of their egos with the presumption that they have reached their absolute pinnacle of their skill or life. Whenever someone or something says, “I have all the answers,” beware because even the most revered would never make such an ignorant claim. A wise person never claims to be wise, a smart person never claims to know everything.

FUNNY-FUN-FUN.COMNow, granted, that doesn’t mean you should discredit what you do know. After all, if you’ve taken the time to research, study, listen, explore, and hone your craft, skill, or industry, then you absolutely deserve respect and attention when you demonstrate your credentials. However, to pin the “Buck Stopped Here Award” on your coat of armor will keep you from rolling with the times and staying on top of your game.

Would anyone want to go to a doctor who hasn’t read up on the latest advancements or take advice from a lawyer who doesn’t read the law journal?  My guess would be “no,” to both. So, guess what? Divinationists are no exception.

"I know everything! Wait, what's that smell...?"

“I know everything! Wait, what’s that smell…?”

There are so many techniques, resources, perspectives, and facets to the Tarot, alone, let alone the entire industry, that if a divinationist puts on the graduation cap, the client’s the one that’s going to get a headache. Reading blogs, watching trends, listening to other viewpoints, even getting readings from other pros can broaden your horizons and keep you sharp. The more you know, the more you can give.

But, there is a lot of information — and misinformation — out there. Who do you listen to? How do you know which perspective is valuable and which isn’t? How do you decipher the treasure from the trash? That’s where your instincts come in. If something doesn’t seem right to you, then most likely it isn’t. But, letting pride get in the way of double checking yourself and extending your research is a colossal mistake. Correcting or debating a point without absolute confidence or the openness to be wrong is a crime against your reputation and your own personal development.

Education, on the whole, not just formal institutionalized learning, should be pursued for no one’s satisfaction but your own. Quite frankly, nowadays, that’s all it’s good for, anyway.

Education is a generously selfish venture in which one pursues for its own sake. Higher learning is no longer the automatic pass for a six-digit salary with a membership to the high-end club, nor does it guarantee respect the way that it used to. A degree is no longer a key to the city or insurance against flipping burgers. It is, however, a noble and enriching gift that one gives to oneself when the world around them becomes stale, stagnant, and lackluster. When ones existence is stuck between the same routines, the same people, and the same aisles in the dollar store.

It is difficult to find inspiration in a cubicle or motivation from a switchboard. It is difficult to grow when your feet are planted in the same pavement on the same path from “point A” to “point B” day in, day out. It is difficult to feel proud of who you are or appreciate the organic place that you’ve been provided upon this earth when you cannot think past the immediate needs or entrenching yourself in other people’s drama that does not affect you. It is difficult to truly live when you cannot find motivation to do so.

It is difficult to serve when your tray is empty.

music-lessonsEducation, enlightenment, independent research and all the actions they entail, is brain food for the soul. It is not meant to be a replacement for life experience, but it can supplement what experience is lacking. It can open curtains to windows you didn’t notice while you’re staring at the door, waiting for opportunity to knock. It’s the map for a way out of the cell. It can provide networking to people you’d never meet otherwise, spark new ideas, give you the tools to reinvent yourself, and if you are dedicated enough, can even provide the vehicle to get you where you need to be.

Furthering your knowledge in any capacity is a cold, hard business exchange with tremendous generosity. When you’re learning from the right instructors, you are called to honor yourself. When you are learning the right material, you are called to examine yourself. When you are in the right place, the right time, doing the right actions for the right reasons, there are no obstacles. Yes, there is a chance that your reward at the end can provide you with the safety against poverty or even provide you with that brass title on your door — but, the mistake is to count on it. The true and deeper foundation of education has nothing to do with material gain and everything to do with providing yourself the tools to be the absolute best human being that you can be. So, when it’s time for you take your last breath, you can leave this world without shame and there is nothing more important than that.



About T. Ray

Writer, visual artist, student, musician, and "armchair nutritionist." She currently resides in Vegas with her jenday conure and two beloved rescue cockatoos. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi). While pursuing her degree in Journalism/Media Studies at UNLV, she continues to contend that all things come down to food and Star Wars. Contact: verteram@unlv.nevada.edu
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