Education & Edu-haze-ation

Today – a small rant on education and what I call edu-haze-ation.

Education is great. Edu-haze-ation is not.

Eduhazeation is a phenomenon where people that you are not close to suddenly decide that today will be the perfect day to interrogate and belittle every bit of your current (or lack of) educational/life plans.

You will be told in an underlying tone or in bold words just how very wrong you are, how you need to get it together, how you will not be making a difference in life (or anyone else’s) unless you do “x, y, z” in alphabetical order, and insinuate your imminent demise into the Great Abyss of Nothingness because of your terrible flaw of not having it all “together.”

If you have done this to someone, STOP IT. Seriously. Stop now. You are not helping, you are hurting. Ask yourself these questions before forcing your opinion on the next unsuspecting victim of your haughty disdain:

1. Do I know this person?

2. Do I genuinely care about this person, or is the first time I’ve ever “cared” about their life now that they’re disagreeing with me?

3. Am I being a hypocrite or speaking from experience?

4. Am I forcing my life, abilities (/lack of), and opportunities (/lack of) onto theirs?

We’ve all been through this I’m sure, and we can all do something to prevent this from happening again.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1

I’m not even close to perfect in this area, but if we all spoke out of love and not judgement the world would be a much grander place. That’s all.

Sincerely,

Your Ranting 20-Something

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