Education without values is a body without a soul

/ By Mayeda Shafique /

A Lamborghini Veneno costs $ 4 million, Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona watch costs $24 million, and a Falcon Supernova iPhone pink diamond costs$48 million. I wish I could have all these best brands in my life. Also, I wish I could have lived in a mansion full of all the luxuries !
In the 21st century, the responses given by family and friends to such desires are commonly like this..

The only way, through which you can get all this, is to get a distinguished degree which can offer you a very smart job .
The job which can be able to pay for all your wishes. Such upbringing molds a money-grubbing concept of education among the minds of generations.


To have a degree to earn bread is nothing bad or weird but to consider education as a source of materialistic gains is pathetic.
The concept of having luxurious life through education should be its one dimension but should never be the aim and purpose of education or degrees.


A question arises. What do we need to live a life ? Is it the monetary .success? Any wise mind would say , No !
Our main challenge regarding our lives is all about our collaboration and co-operation with all the creatures in the world. And that includes humans, plants, and animals.


The beauty of our dealings, attitudes, and perspectives towards the opinions, desires, and outlooks of other people around us marks our success and defeat in true meanings of these words.
This success is the significant outcome of the values. The motive of education should be the inculcation of values among humans which will discern them from other creatures so that humans can be regarded as ‘The Crown of Creation’.
Education should instigate the values of tolerance, selflessness, kindness, courtesy, and forgiveness.


We are lacking these values in society as we have messed up with almost everything. We are divided on the basis of class, color, and creed. We are not accepting and appreciating each other’s talent because of jealousy and self -centeredness.


We are increasingly becoming selfish, impatient, and intolerant in our dealings with others. We cheat others and still claim to be educated. In fact, we are deceiving ourselves despite of having a donkey’s load of so-called degrees.


In the words of Robert Frost ‘education is the eligibility to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence’
Living in palaces, traveling in costly cars and wearing costly brands are not the purposes of education. Money is a need, but not everything in life.
The suicide rate is higher among rich people.

The famous actress and actresses and billionaires are ending up with their lives.
This depicts that true happiness never lies in money but it lies in giving happiness to fellow human beings with all the values. It’s well said by C S Lewis that education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a man a more clever devil.
Summing up the discussion with the lines of Abraham Lincoln’s letter to the headmaster of his son which reveals the standard concept of education and teaching : “In school, teach him it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.

Teach him to sell his brawn and brains to the highest bidders, but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Teach him to earn a penny, is more valuable than a dollar you find on a road.”
This is the true depiction of education which plays a significant role in launching personalities not the products like doctors engineers and so on.
Education without values is a body without a soul. Individuals with strong values create strong nations. It is the need of the hour to boost values for a peaceful and happy life on earth.