Thursday, October 16, 2014

Educating for Maturity

The Catholic Times had an article on how the Catholic Philosophers want to solve the problems of  our competitive society.At an academic conference the philosophers considered the evil in society that came to light with the Sewol tragedy, and our response. 

Participants discussed why do we have evil, and what to do about it?  Noted was a close connection of evil with money matters, and our insensitivity and lethargy to suffering and evil. Mentioned was the place of education in bringing about a change.

The Sewol tragedy was not just an accident but showed corruption and evil.The participants made clear that to keep silent is to be negligent, lack love for neighbor, and in the process end up doing evil.

Two of the participants asked was it possible to find some good in the evil of suffering? Does society see evil and make it known? Does our education contribute to eradicating evil? Does society criticize evil?  Absence of political ethical values promotes the  culture of death.The ways of God and human responsibility were all subjects for the talks. 

After the Sewol tragedy the existence of our indifference urges us to change. If the evil that continues to spread is to stop, and we want to change course and make suffering a reason to establish the good, we need to  seek the reasons for pain and make them known. In this way we will avoid future pain that the families of the victims had to experience with the tragedy.

The word accident was changed to tragedy in the mass media because they saw the workings of evil.  We have been educated for success in our economic life. We have not worked to create capabilities to oppose evil, but educated for competitiveness which has entered the education system and into society.

We need to  integrate our life and knowledge for maturity. In conclusion there was a desire to put an end to the stereotypes in our text books and look at the problems, worries the students face in their daily lives and come to grips with them and work through them to form the whole person.

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