Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Meaning and Purpose of Education

Birds and animals require little teaching or training to lead a successful bird or animal life. They know how to make a home or shelter for themselves and how to keep themselves alive instinctively. The instinct of self preservation is implanted in them by nature. They are given certain faculties which develop to their maximum level with their physical growth without much conscious effort on their part or on the part of their parents. Not so with man. His intellectual growth depends on many outside factors and can not attain maturity without long and deliberate effort on his part and on the part of his well wishers. A forest can grow by itself naturally but a garden cannot.

A flower is pretty by itself but a diamond requires a lot of cutting and polishing before it will sparkle and scintillate into a thousand colors. Man is like a rough diamond and requires filing and polishing before all his faculties can function fully. Education is just this filing and polishing of the human personality so that it reaches its full development. It enables one to lead a better life physically, mentally and spiritually.

Now a man possesses a mind, a spirit and a body. So education has a three fold purpose. It aims at his physical, mental, and spiritual well being. It keeps the body fit and healthy, the mind sound and vigorous and the spirit fine and sensitive. As the health of the body is the first requisite of all human activities and is indispensable for all progress, so education must first of all enable a person to live hygienically and to earn an honest living. This basic education is most often neglected in our country and is, in fact, the cause of most of our troubles. The man who can not support himself and his family is only half educated. The man who does not know the rules of hygiene and cleanliness is even worse. He is a menace to society itself.

Nutrient Deficiency

If you are looking at the idea of healthy eating for weight loss reasons, then you should be congratulated on your foresight, because healthy eating isn't just about weight loss. Healthy eating is all about having good health. With this in order, you can't help but have a great looking, trim body.

It's a question of looking at the problem in a different way. Although your target may be to lose weight, if you focus on your health instead, the weight will fall off seemingly all by itself.

Most people eat unhealthy food as this is cheap, quick and readily available. This is attractive when you have multiple roles in life, keeping you busy. What you may not realise is the enormous damage you are setting up for yourself and your family for the future.

Unhealthy food is nutrient deficient. This means your body cannot work properly. And so you get ailments, diseases. When your body is deficient in nutrition, it also makes you constantly hungry. This is in an effort to get you to provide it with some proper food. But you keep eating the wrong foods, which makes your body more hungry.