© 2018 Bill Murphy
What is more important, heredity or environment? That’s a question mental health experts have debated for decades.
Wilson, Manning, Harris, Ratliff, VanDevender, and Eggar. These 6 ladies were my grammar school teachers. They created a strong and positive impression upon me when I was of a most impressionable age.
I had other teachers: Mother, father, uncles and aunts, my grandparents, countless cousins, and caring neighbors. And there were my spiritual teachers, instructors who were ‘professional,’ as well as friends, and extended family members.
This is not a ‘hats off’ to my teachers. It’s a close examination of our ‘education process’ in general, and how vitally important are our teachers…. and what they teach.
What we are taught yesterday can be either beneficial or detrimental today.
Most little boys like things that go BAG! I was no different. As a child, one of my favorite toys was a small ‘bomb,’ a soft plastic dart-looking thing, with a rounded metallic nose. Into the nose, you inserted a section from a roll of caps intended for cap pistols. I usually crammed in as many caps as I could… for a bigger bang. You threw it UP as far as possible, and when it came down and hit… BANG!
I attempted making a ‘bomb’ with a bigger bang, using fireworks… but the INSTANT BANG at the moment of impact eluded me. Later, when I was a teenager, and should have known better… someone taught me how to make an INSTANT BANG bomb. I did, – and it would. Great sport!
But one day, a LIVE ROUND of 50 cal. ammunition came into my possession. Ah ha… I reasoned, an even BIGGER bag! (I did have sense enough to first remove the slug).
My home-made 50 cal. bomb as a resounding success. I got a VERY big boom for my buck… and I also got pelted with flying pieces of brass shrapnel. Only by the grace of God do I still have eyesight today.
We can learn harmful things yesterday which can bite us in the fanny today. Likewise, we can learn harmful today which can kill us tomorrow!
So, be careful of WHAT you learn! If your conscience tells you to avoid a certain lesson, if it’s NOT for you today… why then should it be profitable for you later?
What you are taught determines what you learn.
What you learn determines your thought and reasoning processes.
Your thought and reasoning processes determine how you live.
How you live determines who you are.
Who you are determines your destiny.
Your destiny is all important.
It all begins with your teachers!