Literary education

“Literary education is of no value, if it is not able to build up a sound character.”

( Mohandas K. Gandhi, 1917 )

( Mohandas K. Gandhi.
Photo from the site of the Association for
India’s Development


4 thoughts on “Literary education

  1. oceanpassage says:

    I do not agree at all, but he is a great guy and I respect him.

    • Otrazhenie says:

      What other values do you see in literary education if it does not build a good character?

      • oceanpassage says:

        There are many people in all professions who do not possess “good character”, but it does not mean that their talents go wasted or are without value. People with poor character contibute to life and many of us are better for it. Especially literary people – there are so many that are, were dysfunctional and cranky people but create like angels and gods.

      • Otrazhenie says:

        I’m totally agree with you on that and in my opinion that’s exactly what Gandhi meant in this quote. There are quite a few dysfunctional people in literary world – as Gandhi points out, literary education (or reading books) did not bring them any value because it did not help them to build a good character. All their fancy ‘creations’ with angels and gods are nothing if they do not help people to develop empathy and compassion, learn to be kinder to each other and treat each other with respect.

        At the same time, as you wisely point out, there are plenty of people, who did not get literary education and do not read books, but have a very ‘good character’: treat other people nicely and bring lots of value to the society.

        Thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoyed ‘talking’ to you a lot. Loved images on your blog. Will definitely be back to explore your blog further. 🙂

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