John Locke Weapon of Warrior Wisdom
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One of the great fortunes of my self education is to learn that when I want to understand something better, the best understanding I can possess lies in classic and historical resources, the thoughts and writing of those who I refer to as: Greater people with Greater minds who have done Greater things than any of us living today. John Locke was one of these human beings. In his essay on education, “Some Thoughts Concerning Education,” this is his very first paragraph:
§ 1. A SOUND mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world. He that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be but little the better for any thing else. Men’s happiness or misery is most part of their own making. He, whose mind directs not wisely, will never take the right way; and he, whose body is crazy and feeble, will never be able to advance in it. I confess, there are some men’s constitutions of body and mind so vigorous, and well fram’d by nature, that they need not much assistance from others; but by the strength of their natural genius, they are from their cradles carried towards what is excellent; and by the privilege of their happy constitutions, are able to do wonders. But examples of this kind are but few; and I think I may say, that of all the men we meet with, nine parts of ten are what they are, good or evil, useful or not, by their education. ’Tis that which makes the great difference in mankind. The little, or almost insensible impressions on our tender infancies, have very important and lasting consequences: and there ’tis, as in the fountains of some rivers, where a gentle application of the hand turns the flexible waters in channels, that make them take quite contrary courses; and by this direction given them at first in the source, they receive different tendencies, and arrive at last at very remote and distant places.
Locke believed that we each have a unique genius inside of us. He called it our “aptitude and inclination” and that we, from a young age, should be mentored and taught to be “in Tune” with these. He thought if they was disregarded it was damaging, led to an Unsound life. I was talking about this here.
“For a child will learn three times as much when he is in Tune, as he will double the Times and Pains when he goes awkwardly or is dragg’d unwillingly to do it.”
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