Literate vs Educated

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Several years back Mr. Roger (The Literate Person) was very famous for his knowledge and good speech. Once he was requested to deliver a lecture in a rural area. Roger went to his teacher Mr. Siana (Mr. Educated) and informed him that he will be visiting this village for the sermon.

“How will you go the Village?”

“I shall take the bus and then I shall have to walk for 15 minutes in the fields to reach the village where some people will be waiting for me to take me to the rest home.”

“In the fields, there might be guard dogs taking care of sheep flock so they might harm you.”

“Then I shall keep a stone with me to scare.”

“You won’t be able to control them with a stone; only one dog will run away when you throw the stone but rest of the dogs will attack you.”

“Then I shall take a big wood or tree branches to scare them.”

“They might be 4-5 dogs and it will be hard for you to control all of them.”

Now Roger started pondering to find another solution. Since this was his first such experience so he had no idea about the solution however he didn’t want to feel insulted or ashamed in front of his teacher so he kept thinking for quite some time desperately. Then finally he asked his teacher to advice him.

The teacher replied: “Without disturbing any dog just go to the sheep flock boy and ask him that you want to cross the fields and he will assist you with the assurance of no harm to you from any of his dogs.”

For most of our problems, be in our personal lives or office/ business, we the literate people, start making our own assumptions and logic to find the solutions. Sometimes we find a good solution but in reality better solutions also exist for the same problem but we are not aware of those because of less knowledge or experience.

Moral: Gaining knowledge is very good but without experience, the knowledge may not be helpful. The wise approach is to learn things (knowledge) and then analyze from multiple angles, spend some time enhancing this knowledge, practice it multiple times, train your mind to think it and get the insightful understanding (education).

Education and literacy are two indispensable tools for the development of a person. While literacy teaches you WHAT to THINK, education teaches you HOW to THINK

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