The Quest for Truth: Redefining Education PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 22:28
An expanded vision of what it means to be a human being, is the starting point for reconstructing the educational system.

by Marcus Bussey

"You have noticed that truth comes into this world with two faces. One sad with suffering, and the other laughs; but it is the same face, laughing or weeping. When people are already in despair, maybe the laughing face is better for them; and when they feel too good and are too sure of being safe, maybe the weeping face is better for them to see." [1] --Black Elk

 It seems to me that education is about truth. It is about helping people to gain the necessary attitudes, values, principles for action and knowledge to judge for themselves what things in life will bring them closer to truth. Of course this is a very different kind of truth to that pursued by those with a positivist world view. This is truth which occupies the spaces that pulsate within us all. It is a truth that underscores all that we do and feel with a meaning we cannot really grasp yet intuit with the hope that runs in our viens and makes us human.

 "Truth lies in between all regimes of truth." [2] It is elusive and alluring, it is part of the 'Big Picture' that contextualizes our existences. Black Elk, the Sioux shaman, saw it as the necessary corrective to any excess. The Sufic tradition speaks of truth as the sense of transitoriness which will make the happy sad and the sad happy; 'Today will not last for ever'. Sarkar saw it as the sense of purpose that lies at the heart of our humanity. For him truth represented, paradoxically, both the substance and goal of human existence. In this sense truth is Truth, the divine metaphysic which unifies us all, whether we know it or not.

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