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In response to the question, “Is it true that the vast majority of people have liberal educations?” the answer is no.

It’s not about liberal education. It’s about how many people think they KNOW and how they can be better taught. It’s not about how many people think they KNOW. It’s just how many people know.

It’s about how many people think they know. It’s about how many people, not knowing the truth, believe they know it. It’s about how many people, not knowing the truth, believe they know it. The point is to show them that they don’t know. It’s about showing them that they don’t know. It’s about teaching them that they can learn.

People, for the most part, don’t want to learn. They want to prove something to others, to feel better about themselves, to feel less of a failure. They want to be respected, validated, praised, and acknowledged for who they are. If you don’t try to find that inner strength, you can end up feeling even worse about who you are.

I have yet to see an example of a student who tried to become a better person solely based on the experiences he or she had. A lot of students, when they are given certain opportunities in the classroom, end up either hating themselves or trying to find a way to be a better person and act better. I think there are a lot of people out there who genuinely do want to learn.

I think a lot of people who come from a negative and dysfunctional background are looking for a reason to make a change. Being in school can be an uphill battle, and some students are simply not willing to give up the pretense of trying to change. It can be hard to get past the constant questions about your own personal worth, but the most effective way to heal can involve taking some time to figure out who you are.

For many kids, school can feel like a place where there is very little hope of ever changing. Even if you do manage to make some changes, even if you become successful and earn a high position, your peers will look at you with suspicion and you can never really trust yourself, or anyone else, to be the person you are meant to be.

Maybe that’s why there’s so much talk these days of “social justice,” but I think the real problem is the lack of a true sense of self. The desire for self-assuredness is so strong that it can make a lot of us feel worthless when in reality it makes us feel powerful.

There are plenty of people in politics and the media who are more concerned with making money than they are with making a deep understanding of who their constituents are. So they’re more likely to get in the way of the people who are genuinely trying to make a difference in the world.

It’s interesting to me that the phrase “liberal education,” while not being as directly problematic as the other two phrases, doesn’t come up enough in the discussion. And I’m not sure that many people have the words “liberal” or “education” in their vocabulary. I mean, one of the most quoted phrases in the dictionary is “the philosophy of the liberal arts.

I am the type of person who will organize my entire home (including closets) based on what I need for vacation. Making sure that all vital supplies are in one place, even if it means putting them into a carry-on and checking out early from work so as not to miss any flights!


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