Being in the system, most of us start becoming so dependent on being fed structured knowledge and are accustomed to being told what to do with our time that we have difficulty remembering what it is we really want to do. So, when learners have unstructured time at their disposal it initially becomes difficult to deal with. However, it provides an ideal space for reflection, knowing oneself and one’s passions, understanding the world around and to unlearn their dependence on external sources of knowledgeA partial list of assumptions implicit in the above obviously truthy passage:
- Structured knowledge is a bad thing. (Written without a sense of irony on a webpage being driven by cutting-edge technology halfway across the world) The news for these lost souls is: Knowledge is structure.
- To have someone dictate how to use one's time is a bad thing. ("I don't want a job. I want to do my own thing. I won't fit into a mold")
- We all have something specific and long term that we "really" want to do. (Hint: We want to be loved and accepted in this competitive world which judges us mercilessly.)
- Knowing oneself is important and is hindered by knowledge. ("I am unique. I was born to fulfill a dream. To know myself in my glorious uniqueness and then to express that knowing out in the world.")
- We all have unique passions which need flowering. ("The stressful system is responsible for thwarting ME. If left alone, I would blossom. The world sucks. Earning money means I have to listen to what matters to others. No way! How can a spiritually advanced person like me serve less evolved people?")
- The dependence on external sources of knowledge is a bad thing. ("The only real knowledge is self-knowledge. I am all that matters.")
So, mass schools create people with similar materialistic aspirations. Not good. Agreed.
However, spiritual schools let people "flower" into being moochers, into kind beings (ironically) surviving on the "gift economy" (= kindness of materialistic people).
Once upon a time, there were two friends. One wanted money and bruised himself and the world in the process. The other wanted to spread the message of love and healing. One put his feet on the ground, and his money where his mouth was. The other walked in the clouds, and put others' money where his mouth was. One lived the message of selfishness, and felt guilty about it, and paid his taxes and tried his hand at charity. The other spread the message of altruism, didn't earn a penny, was proud of his humility, and survived on others' hard work.
One was called a worldly man, the other was called a saint.