WE ARE ALL STUDENTS
When I was in school, I asked a CATzillion questions. I had a teacher in fourth grade who would answer my questions by saying: “that’s not in the book” or “that’s not in our lesson” or “go look it up in the library.” So I did.
I have experienced that so often, when some sighted people speak to me, they tell me what I already know. They often assume that my brain is out to lunch–sometimes it is, haha. They feed me what they perceive my life to be. Sometimes they are not all that interested in finding out the truth of how I live as a blind person. Their fear level is less if they think along their own lines, not discovering mine. Consider the following:A Prayer For The Student; written by a father whose son was in school where he was
having some problems. This boy was 10 years old and he came home from school
depressed. The reason the boy was depressed is because he said that the teachers
wouldn’t let him learn. The father said, “What do you mean they don’t let you learn,
that’s what you go to school for”, he said. “No, no, the teachers only want to
teach me what THEY know, they don’t want to teach me what
I want to know.” And the father who was a famous Chilean biologist named
Umberto Macheralo wrote this poem called , “The Prayer for the Student”
So the student says to the teacher, “Don’t impose on me what
you know, I want to explore the unknown, and be the source of my own
discoveries. Let the known be my liberation not my slavery. The world of your truth can be my limitation, your wisdom can
be my negation. Don’t instruct me, let’s walk together.
Let my richness begin where yours ends. Show me so that I can stand on your shoulders. Reveal yourself so that I can be something different. You believe that every human being can love and create.
I understand then your fear when I ask you to live according
to your own wisdom.
You will not know who I am by listening to yourself. Don’t instruct me – let me be. Your failure is that I be identical to you!”
Jesus wants us to learn from Him; however, He wants us to use our own minds, too. He wants us to learn from each other and from our own individual study. Some of us are students for life.