What is an Educated Person? // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

A couple thousand years ago, the philosopher, Socrates presented a definition of an educated person.

“Whom, then, do I call educated? First, by those who control circumstances instead of being mastered by them, those who meet all occasions manfully and act in accordance with intelligent thinking, those who are honorable in all their dealings, who treat good-naturedly persons and things that are disagreeable, and, furthermore, those who hold their pleasures under control and are not overcome by misfortune. Finally, those who are not spoiled by success.”

For Socrates, education is not so much about information gathering as it is character development.

We are hard pressed to find a better definition for an educated person today — except for one important thing Socrates didn’t know:

In the words of Noah Webster (creator of Webster’s Dictionary): “Education is useless without the Bible.”

One step beyond character development is the spiritual realm.

You can be a well “educated” person in the things of the world — but if you are not educated in spiritual matters, you are missing the most important component.

All facts are God’s facts — but facts without faith are meaningless.

“In the beginning, God. . .” — and everything else follows after that.

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