Is Courtesy The Trademark of The Educated?

Zhi Han Chew By Zhi Han Chew, 7th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This argumentative article shows you how courtesy isn't the trademark of the educated.

In Africa and In United Arab Republic.

It’s where the acute malnutrition and death rate surpass famine thresholds, where if a child suffers from fever, he is considered as lucky simply because he hasn’t died. It’s Africa, a hell where she needs lots of World Vision angels to save the local citizens. Two young boys, Aba and Abiyomi, were deadly seeking for some water. Here it was! Aba found few droplets of water on three withering leaves – one of the most precious things in their world. But what happened in the next totally reject what we learn on the biology lesson – same species compete for food when they are in needs. Aba carefully plucked the leaves out from the cracked ground, and shared the treasure with his partner, Abiyomi. Abiyomi rejected the gift from Aba, as she didn’t do a thing to get the water. “I know you need it,’ Aba said, and politely fed Abiyomi with the water. They both smiled and hugged each other.

Flip to the next side of the world – United Arab Republic, where she has plenty of oils, and the oils are like a super money machine, bringing the wealth endlessly to the whole nation. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, simply the former president and one of the most educated men in the world, was sitting in his office, counting the uncountable money collected from the citizens. Looked at the window, oh, they are, again, protesting! The citizens of Tunisia finally couldn’t endure the high employment, rising food prices, corruption, political repression, and they willed to kick this dictator down from the stage! So what? Ben Ali thought. “If this continues, kill them all, they are the betrayers of this nation,” he lighted a cigar, ordered the general in charge, and gave him a sinister smile. “What… did you…say, my majesty?” the general couldn’t believe, thus he asked again tremblingly. “I said, kill them all if they don’t stop this stupid action!” At last, around 3000 protesters, including the children have been killed in the brutal government force, for example the uses of tanks and sniper rifles.

So, how do you think in this side-by-side comparison, the two poor and uneducated children and vice versa? Do you still have the thought that courtesy is the trademark of the educated? Let it go away from your mind, right now also. Courtesy isn’t a symbol for the well-educated; instead, it’s stored in every single soul. You may learn how to say ‘thanks’ and ‘sorry’ in your primary school, but courtesy simply spreads like a machine gun in use when two holy and pitiful souls meet. Books and schools do not get you towards the better understandings of courtesy. Courtesy is showing politeness and consideration to others, and it’s not saying ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ like a polite machine, especially when you don’t even know why are you saying these words.

Books won’t tell you it is hurtful and unkind to people to ignore them out of the conversation, but you yourself will know that when you show kindness to people just in little ways, it’s also a way showing love to the God. Reading and revising homework don’t let you know what courtesy exactly is, but self-questioning does. If you ask yourself whether the things you did today are right or wrong, without depending on any reading materials, you’ll get the answers automatically. Everybody has the sense to detect the right and wrong, even a criminal. ‘A City within Our City’, an aged Iran radio show that every week the producer would interview an English-speaking prison inmate on death roll and the criminal would tell the story of his life and what brought him to crime. At the end of every program, the producer would ask whether the criminal had any advice for the young people, and the criminal usually gives the best advice you would have never heard. They could even write a book full of moralities. But yet, they do not represent courtesy. Even though they were all well-educated, they were so selfish that they thought of themselves at first and the safety and rights of the others later. This shows that the education doesn’t significantly reduce the crimes and the lack of courtesy.

Kindness isn’t come from the education, but from your heart itself. Some people may say that the books teach us only the good things. But what if what the books say is wrong? But through your heart, you can definitely know what is good and what is bad, no matter how complicated the matters are. From the ancient time until now, there were some so-called ‘holy books’ made up of double standards thousand years ago. The books usually teach us to be kind to the poor people, respect the parents and be polite to the seniors. All these are to be expected, because when somebody wants to spread a faith or religion, he must first preach something that can be easily identified as good to the believers. Once the believers got trapped and accepted him as a guru, then he could do whatever he wanted. In this case, being an atheist who believes in his own self helps us preventing from being trapped by any purposed faith.

As conclusion, education isn’t a trademark of the educated, and we should treat people with courtesy, politeness and kindness using our own ways rather than 100% following what the books teaches.


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