Can education make us love our neighbour?

The object of universities is not to make skilful lawyers, physicians or engineers. It is to make capable and cultivated human beings.

John Stuart Mill

(education should inspire in us) a love for our neighbour, a desire for clearing human confusion and for diminishing human misery…(it should give us the) noble aspiration to leave the word better and happier than we found it.

Matthew Arnold

quoted in Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists, Hamish Hamilton, 2012, p.102

When I went to uni, the students I met (generally) wanted an education to get a high-paying job to feather their own nests. I’m not sure that 3-6 years there changed their heart to love of neighbour…


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