In December 2014, Malala Yousafzai received the Noble Peace Prize and gave a very profound speech saying, “One child, one teacher, one pen, one book can change the world.” Education has power. And I think we all know how powerful it is, to the point that it can change our life or even the world. And the empowerment of education is no doubt needed in the Middle East or Africa where children, especially the girls have a hard time getting to school.
But at the same time, I don’t think we will all agree that the current American education system is ideal or serves as a model for other countries to follow. Especially in recent years, the percentage of atheists is rising, increasing the number of people who believe only in facts and advanced technology taught at school. But Albert Einstein once said, “Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe … a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.”
We are not born here just to memorize numbers and facts for the purpose of getting high education and a stable job. There is a superior being called God that is always looking over us and guiding us. As a human being, each individual is given a purpose that is much bigger than we are aware of.
A recent American film, God’s Not Dead illustrates how faith is something much stronger and important than we think. That is how it has been in the past, it still is in the present, and it will be in the future. If people lose this essential power of living, there is no point in acquiring education or learning. We are here to learn in order to fulfill our purpose or mission, and education is only a tool or weapon to help us get to our goals. When we lose this purpose, whether we are living in a third world country with poor education or in a advanced country with a high level of education, we all become blind to our true selves. We must never let our hearts become blind to the power of faith. We are here today because God is with us. So believe in your purpose that is given from God.
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The Laws of Justice
What is global justice from the perspective of the Supreme God? Ryuho Okawa bestows an enlightened perspective that peers beyond religious, political, societal, economic and academic disparities to mend the ambiguities of worldly conflict and reinforce God's infinite love.