What is very hard for people to realize and what requires an enormous amount of intellectual discipline and a significant amount of education (I say education because we have to learn about many different types of stereotyping in order to recognize it within ourselves and when we are doing it and it is impossible to gain as an experience until much later in life thus education being an important element) is that we are all equal because we share one common thing ‘language’. It does not matter what language we speak. What is important is that we can express how the other person makes us feel, how the environment makes us feel, and it is what enables us and gives us the right to participate in any debate, in any decision. It is a mistake to assume that it is ok to judge someone by what they wear, what car they drive, by where they shop. They are not the important things because they are not an indicator of our ability to empathize, they are not an indicator of our ability to share and receive feelings and emotions. They, the feelings, the ability to experience them, perceive them, share them, to affect other human beings with our feelings, they are what makes us human.
The more special you want to appear to people around you the harder it is for other people to relate to you and share their humanity and get access to your humanity. The more you cover your humanity and your biological imperfections the further you get away from your natural state of mind and body and the harder it is for you to communicate your body’s and your mind’s desires and needs. Thus we have to know our true selves in order to share ourselves. But to know ourselves we must learn from others’ mistakes. Education is, absolutely, completely, totally, undeniably, a requirement, especially for younger people because it is only through reading stories and thinking and sharing lessons that young people can learn about the world and the correct decisions. The more complicated the subject matter is the less real experience young people can have with it and they cannot wait to be 30 or 40 to learn about it because they would have to make too many mistakes. It’s only by analyzing previous mistakes, whether through fables and stories or through more advanced books like illustrated encyclopedias or more formal textbooks or purely scientific reference books populated with complex formulas, that a young brain can learn about its own properties, its own prejudices, its own purpose. Young brains must see as many intellectual things, objects, theories, books, as possible, not in order to understand them all but in order to get an idea about how many different systems there are and why they have to exist and coexist and be combined into one seemingly confusing reality that is the world that surrounds us. They need to be able to do this for it is by controlling such fragments of this world that they will get an opportunity to shape and hopefully change it into something better than what it is now.