DOMINION: A Case for a Different Philosophy of Education

Nigeria is on my mind . . . ; Africa too, by extension.

In light of all the shortages in character-rich people, creative processes, and contemporary products, as well as power, fuel, gas, and the subsequent hardship and discomfort the people are subjected to, it seems we may have shortchanged ourselves in many ways.

We seem to have embraced a civilization, whose power we do not possess, whose technology we do not have, whose resources we are yet to truly own or control. While the western/eastern world were exploring what they have and what they do not have in abundance to create their own civilization, we have failed to explore ours. Though we may be late at embarking on this journey towards self-definintion, the west and the east, who had the advantage of many centuries before us, have gone beyond their own domain, they are exploring the global south as well. Their dominion is extending southward unchecked because southerners have refused to dedicatedly do something about their own environment and destiny.

If there is any education that is required now, it is NOT the education to have a good life, as delivered to us by our fore-fathers; instead, we need the education to explore our environment and gain mastery of it. Our future dominion and well-being depend on it. We are not yet free until we are squarely in charge of our own matters in a globalized world.

Something is not really right about relocating families and future generations to be educated in other domains as a way to give them a good start at life. Real and true education begins with exposure to basic skills to interact with one’s environment productively (wherever that is); interestingly, this does not require an avant-garde university degree. If there is anything to learn from other dominions, it should only be case studies of how universal principles of problem-solving were applied, which cannot in itself constitute the body of knowledge for our own manifestations, but could serve as a starter for an intellectual process of crafting our very own solutions.

How do we communicate this truth to a society that places premium on SELF? If all that we are is measured by the degree of self-emancipation, what will the value of our collective existence be when our self successes are unable to immune us from societal decay that we have worked so hard to live above? Wealthy folks will soon realize that money fails . . . poor people will soon understand that money is not their real problem. The quality of our lives is crystallized from the quality of our spirits and souls, what we are doing with the life of God in us is what would matter the most in the long run.

TO BE CONTINUED

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3 Comments

  1. olayemiakanle says:

    Brilliant thoughts. Blessings!!!

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  2. AWED says:

    Thank you Bishop.

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