Pausing to reflect in the process of intellectual development there has been a constant of a student always needing a teacher. I would stand my ground and say I have many who have taught me well but no one has been a guru beyond naming convention. Reflecting on the learning process I can see both roles of student and teacher have been played out idiosyncratically in a single form. Questioning all authority beyond a open and just society.
Creating a perfect teacher who directs and educates about defects in approaches that prevent total understanding of a given subject or principal. In the Glass Bead Game written by Herman Hesse, there is a school of understanding beyond the limitations of the mind numbing comprehensive education system. Learning the arts is a means to express the self to a greater depth, the role of teacher and student transcends the middling political societies intrusions to the sovereignty and divinity of the human spirit.
To grow requires a clear direction, this is found by the student themselves with a teacher to aid in the learning from mistakes, with a breadth of experiences to create autonomy. To be in a position where one can teach and also learn is most fortuitous, life becomes its own self-fulfilling prophecy; autonomy. The pragmaticist would say that to learn one must find a kind but critical soul to have the patience to observe whilst rites of passages are attained.
Having never had a teacher who could hold me to account, this both aided the plight of the individual, but alas made it a plight through surviving through reckless abandonment. In hindsight, avoiding at all cost submitting to a greater force all those in positions of power begin to feel threatened by its people having their very existence threatened as the truth of light exposes the truth of the fallacy of the current hegemony.
Having never been only one side of the education spectrum I no longer relate to other humans in the same way, I position myself on an observatory on Mars, humanities industry has been most remarkable and the industrialists of the past two hundred years should be applauded for their advancements. The totalitarian cruelty it fostered gave way to a capacity for suffering in humanity to which they never recovered, they were ill-prepared for the hard realities of life without supply chains creating a fragile transactionary economy. As it collapsed those with wealth hoarded and protected their lot, although in lawless lands only those with tenacity or strength survive.
Knowledge requires great thought, as truth is a fluid form that doesn’t provide fixed points to work from, truth can hold power over people but is not a regulator of the general public. In the modern age people are regulated via untruths, fighting against the troubled thoughts of others is classed as truth, but is little more than the defending of truth. Truth is not required to defend truth. Knowledge is required to attain power.
The relationship between people and their governments became flawed by weaknesses in democracy, as an ideal democracy works wonderfully and is a narrative that both feels to be work and collectively easy to defend. A pragmatic analysis of democracy would suggest it is ineffective at providing power to voters. The election is a show, economic forces are what decide the fates of all, the political class is one that goes between public positions and lucrative positions in industry. It can be hard to accept that we are ruled by a theatre, as organic as it is subtlely corrupt.