Learn to Live or Live to Learn? by Soukaina Loudghiri in Intermediate 6
For ages, the binary question of life has been asked more and more, “Do you live to work or work to live”? Do you live to eat or eat to live? And so on. Such existen- tial questions have become recurrent in my mind so much that I question myself as a student, and what I’m doing with my stud- ies. Am I living to learn or learning to live?
Since birth, our parents have been teaching us how to eat, walk, talk; and later, how to study and learn. They have been concerned with preparing us for sur- vival, which we question by learning many things.
Here I feel that, without learning, it’s impossible to lead a decent and peaceful life. I mean that education distinguishes us as humans and prepares us, the next genera- tion, for civilization. In this sense, I can’t have a good job or a good living if I’m not well-educated or have good qualifications.
We see people now burning themselves or sacrificing their lives for not getting jobs, especially those with higher education di- plomas. However, to what extent are we going to relate our studies to making a liv- ing? Don’t we see students who learn for their diplomas, but forget what they have learned by the time they get a job?
In fact, it’s high time we changed our view of studying and engage in life-long learning that can help us and our world. It’s so selfish of us to study, graduate, work, and start looking for money, forgetting the rea- son behind education and why we are here on this earth.
Also, if we believe in living to learn, we will love what we do, we will excel, and we can get the best posts—jobs and posi- tions with passion, and not just for personal needs or greed, all in the pursuit of happi- ness. It depends on how we see our lives, and how much we learn, to help not only ourselves, but also others.
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