Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Learning in Wartime

This essay that C.S. Lewis wrote answers the question of whether we should continue our education while our country is in a state of war.  This is a question that I have thought about before myself.  Is it appropriate for someone to continue their education post high school when a war is going on overseas?  The answer to this question is yes. 

One point that I really agree with is that the war creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it.  We are mistaken when we compare war with “normal life.”  Life has never been normal.  Even those periods in the world in time of peace  are “filled with cries, alarms, difficulties, and emergancies.  Our sinful human natures are the cause of all anguish, sadness, and anger.  There is always excuses to not put forth your time in your own education.  We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs.  If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work.  I agree with this argument, however, I do not think that a higher education is for everyone.  God sometimes does call people to other places in life such as immediate entry into the work place or marriage.

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