What is an “educated” person?

I just came across this article at the blog Yes! (great site, if you haven’t been there), about what being a truly educated person really means. I’m curious to know what you all think ….

Really educated people …

  • Establish an individual set of values but recognize those of the surrounding community and of the various cultures of the world.
  • Explore their own ancestry, culture, and place.
  • Are comfortable being alone, yet understand dynamics between people and form healthy relationships.
  • Accept mortality, knowing that every choice affects the generations to come.
  • Create new things and find new experiences.
  • Think for themselves; observe, analyze, and discover truth without relying on the opinions of others.
  • Favor love, curiosity, reverence, and empathy rather than material wealth.
  • Choose a vocation that contributes to the common good.
  • Enjoy a variety of new places and experiences but identify and cherish a place to call home.
  • Express their own voice with confidence.
  • Add value to every encounter and every group of which they are a part.
  • Always ask: “Who am I? Where are my limits? What are my possibilities?”


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