Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. Gilbert Keith Chesterton
I came upon this quote last night on Twitter.
Twitter is part of the new mode of communication. It’s still new enough to be regarded with scepticism by some. But it has proven that it can spread news like wildfire, be a useful organising tool and help build new communities of interest, across borders.
I think those new communities are exciting and are challenging existing boundaries. I want my children to pursue the opportunities they provide. That the internet provides.
But every new community needs to be grounded by a clear understanding of its roots. From where it came. Its values. And have faith that those values will prevail through time.
My father has quoted GK Chesterton at me all my life. Not this particular quote. But it resonates.
I am not particularly religious, despite a Catholic upbringing. But I do believe in a collective soul. Some would call it nationhood. Collective knowledge. Consciousness. Conscience.
I believe ours is at risk.