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Daemon
Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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I have been, as the phrase is, liberally educated, and am fit for nothing.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
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Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 1:21:39 PM
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[quote=Daemon]
I have been, as the phrase is, liberally educated, and am fit for nothing.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)[/quote

As the phrase goes, liberally educated, "Jack of all trades--master of none"?
Hardly valid for (Chuck) Dickens who was an expert in more than one.
capitán
Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 3:09:13 PM

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Though what he meant with "liberally" might be, in a moral sense, something else...

I do not presume to understand what a properly educated man is fit for.
However, in my Central American context,
a man who is willing to educated himself would be fit for nothing and starve.

Here, people whose life is art are starving.
Here, one just cannot live of painting, writing or playing an instrument.
People who actually study, they look for something that can actually helps them generate money.

People make fun of those who take the arts seriously throughout their lives.
A person would care for an artist, but would probably leave this person because of the pressure
from the family members or simply because of the monetary needs.

Here, if you love the arts, you work and then find the time and space to follow your heart's whims.
Here, money not only talks but sings.
Bully_rus
Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 3:28:57 PM
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What is it, if not a liberal education, that helped hopelessly spoiled child turn the tide of his fate?

>> What is it? From my childhood I have been accustomed to luxury and idleness, and have been bred as though my fortune were large, and my expectations almost without a limit. The idea of wealth has been familiarised to me from my cradle. I have been taught to look upon those means, by which men raise themselves to riches and distinction, as being beyond my heeding, and beneath my care.
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I have just started my education here in Denmark - so much anticipation, so much building-up to this point in my life.
But somehow I can't escape the feeling that it seems somewhat alien to me what I will reap from all this...
I mean, maybe it's just a ticket, a form of survival, or something or other.

Wilde said it eloquently: Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
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Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 5:02:20 PM
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Daemon wrote:
I have been, as the phrase is, liberally educated, and am fit for nothing.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)


About "Liberal Education" : http://www.csun.edu/~hfmgt001/education1.htm

To paraphrase Wilde: Nothing that is worth knowing can be learned from witty, paradoxical epigrams, alone.
ReydePalabras
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:42:16 AM
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I believe "fit" is being used in the normative sense, and probably "liberal" as well. The world and education seem to be moving towards a more interdisciplinary approach to education, which makes sense because the issues of the world are interdisciplinary. Even medicine is beginning to understand the benefits of a holistic approach to clients, which requires more knowledge in the fields of psychology, sociology, arts, etc..

On another note -- I have a bone to pick with the going notion that an eclectic individual is not a expert in any single field. If we look at most of the great minds of the past, many of them embraced a plethora of disciplines from poetry to mathematics (i.e. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, George Washington Carver, etc..) I think its regressive to admonish the Renaissance Man.
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:05:22 PM

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Yup. That would be me.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:23:42 AM

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Daemon wrote:
I have been, as the phrase is, liberally educated, and am fit for nothing.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)




I'll probably end up writing then.

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 3:19:19 PM
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Daemon wrote:
I have been, as the phrase is, liberally educated, and am fit for nothing.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)


If only he knew what was to become of liberal education or the standard for fitness!
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