Mark of an educated person


Is it the degree one caries or the business card with fancy title from an elite organization or the clothes one flaunts or the outgoing personality or any other outwardly obvious signs of social/professional success?

Our society puts a premium on these things. However, most would agree that none of the above are a mark of an educated person. They may imply other traits, often desirable, but not a sign of education.

I believe that it is the ability to comprehend a situation, often abstract or hypothetical, with no prior background; Entertain the thoughts without needing to attach it to a familiar life incidents; construct the necessary framework to develop a sound thesis without the burden of learned scripts of the past; and argue or present a coherent point of view without emotions getting in the way.

May be my definition is too demanding but it is a joy to meet and interact with someone of these abilities.

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