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People In the Ivory Tower.
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Concept of ivory tower
Education and Culture.
One day, I came down from the so-called "ivory tower", the label that people who had not lived there call.
Gilbert Crow, a retired Colonel in the U.S. military was introduced to me by a colleague; I was a widow then. Shortly after, I accepted his invitation to have dinner with him. He brought me to a place where white tourists go; it was a "prostitution den" where sex tourists from the West come for cheap sex with young and pretty Filipino women.
He was making a statement, perhaps to insult me? It was only after our long conversation on each others' background did he realize that to take me to that place was an indirect insult to my person; but actually not, as far as I was concerned because in fact he was just honest to show me the life he was leading.
The world is a big classroom; whether we like it or not we all learn from life as we live on. The only question is, what did you learn? Did you choose a specific course in life to experience and live by that you can also proudly model and teach other learners? Or are you just here in life just to exist and worse, as a liability?
Ivory Tower Lessons for Life
Let me have a review on the life of the inhabitants of the ivory tower. First, to qualify, the ticket is at least a basic Bachelor's degree. This Bachelor's degree was not just handed down to them but it is a reward for at least four years of mostly struggles.
People who were not able to have a degree, by choice or by circumstances, would think that students and graduates are taking the easy way by choosing formal education. Whether learning is from the "street" or in the academe, it is both an experience. Success in life is a personal matter whether one is a degree holder or otherwise, yet statistics still show that the high percentage favours to those who had the basic success in educating themselves in the academe.
Most of those who hold the realm of the government and successful big business companies are both entrepreneurs and degree holders at the same time.
The term "ivory tower" is sarcastically applied to people in the academe by those who are not there and who had learned to cope with life through "experience". There is even the adage "experience is the best teacher"; which is true because everything in a life that is lived consciously is an experience whether the experience is from the "street" or from the academe.
Some self-made entrepreneurs learn the basics in life by paying attention to their experiences and learning what matters to them in life through trial and error; they also learn some skills by sheer interest on specific things which they focus and experiment repeatedly and read lots of books for references. These types may not need to go to formal education, but this is a very rare case.
My son is a school drop-out when he was second year college taking up Computer Science; he cannot wait another two years to learn what he really wanted to apply immediately for the achievement of his personal goals. But then he was consistent in his self-study that within one year he was able to produce a system that sold for one million dollars and which made him a co-owner of a business company in Las Vegas; and which also made him the CEO of his own company in Makati, Philippines.
The academe is intended for average people to follow institutionalized and standard socialization and educational discipline. But any person with average intellectual and other personality capacity who don't give importance to educating themselves but just drift in life wherever it leads them have bigger chances to be liabilities in a given society. A lot would resort to prostitution and other criminal activities in the extreme when things go real bad; humans have the inherent capacity for survival and if misguided they tend to commit criminal acts.
Thus, the safest way is to invest ones time and effort to institutions that teach standard knowledge and start from there. Some degree holders have gone higher to administrative places even running the government and other leadership positions; but the foundation, which is formal education, should be done first.