Lent always leads to Easter. Winter becomes Spring. But what does Truth lead toward? My Lenten journey this year has focused me a great deal on that moment when all the burden of the past, the sin, the constant waiting, the unfulfilled prophecies all came together and burst forth from the grave. The cross brought all those things together from the Old Testament and beyond, even from Genesis 3:15. The seed came to harvest, but the reaping was not the death on the Cross, but the bursting forth from the grave.
Ramblings go everywhere and therefore don’t always get anywhere. Let me be more concise. I have been wrestling with the end of education. What are we pursuing in an education? Is it to “arrive” or to only find something more to pursue. Let me sort out the lines of thought here:
- Education is the pursuit of truth both through direct pursuit and through gaining the tools necessary for that pursuit.
- Truth is only found in its source, God.
- God is infinite.
- Truth is infinite.
- Truth is as unchangeable as its source: therefore it is not changeable.
- Truth does not move, therefore the pursuit of it involves my movement toward it.
- Where is the “center” of infinite Truth?
- I can never arrive, having no means of either fully acquiring that which is infinite, nor arriving at the center of that which is infinite.
- Why then is so much of what we define as education couched in terms of “capturing” or “arriving” when the pursuit of such truth is eternal?
We cease to teach when we cease to learn.
“The encrusted religious structure is not changed by its institutional dependents – they are part of the crust. It is changed by one who goes alone to the wilderness, where he fasts and prays, and returns with cleansed vision. In going alone, he goes independent of institutions, forswearing orthodoxy (“right opinion”). In going to the wilderness he goes to the margin, where he is surrounded by the possibilities – by no means all good – that orthodoxy has excluded. By fasting he disengages his thoughts from the payroll, so to speak. And by praying he acknowledges ignorance; the orthodox presume to know, whereas the marginal person is trying to find out. He returns to the community, not necessarily with new truth, but with a new vision of the truth; he sees it more whole than before.”— Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America.