This I Believe

Lucien - albuquerque, New Mexico
Entered on April 28, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
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I never used to take my education seriously; I never appreciated it or cared too much about it. However, recently I have come to value it much more. I realized that for nearly ten years I have been taking my education for granted, and not realizing how lucky I am to have a chance for one. There wasn’t any one moment that I can think back on and say “that’s when my views changed”. Like many changes, it was a gradual process.

Of course an education will provide the obvious: a better paying job and a better chance to succeed in the “real” world, but I think those are minor compared to everything else it allows.

An education provides a sense of the past and a history of where I come from and where humanity as a whole came from. I think this is extremely important, because it allows me to look into the future and see where I am going.

To me, one of the most important things is being able to express myself precisely. An education allows me to do that and by expressing myself clearly to others, I think that I become clearer with myself.

I do not consider my education to be at all limited to school. Although school is a significant part of my education I think that life’s experiences and observations can teach you many things that you can never learn from school.

Knowledge allows me to question the way the world is, was and will be and the way I was, am, and will be. That type of questioning will continue to make me a better person. Most importantly, it allows me to find out what it is that I believe