Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

— William Butler Yeats

I saw this quote this morning and it really spoke to the core of one of my strongest beliefs; education.

Because we as a modern society do treat it as a pail to be fill in preparation for some life that we are then ready and complete, we march along after school wondering when it is that we will arrive at this destination and begin what it is for which we were meant and prepared. This in turn for many leads to frustration, depression and disillusion later in life.

In reality, there is no destination; except in each and every moment. To sound cliche’, tomorrow is not promised to us and yesterday cannot be reclaimed. So that leaves today. Through education, we can see all things in today as they are, not what they are rumored to be, and experience it for all that today has to offer without the veils of blissful or subversive ignorance, beliefs that aren’t, but with the glory and majesty of what it is!

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