How You Need to Think Valentine’s with Education

In 1982, TV situation comedy The Facts of Life saw Mrs. Garrette and her pupils in Paris. Going professional, in this “TV movie” Mrs. Garrette readied herself learn cooking, and to return to America a full-fledged expert in the kitchen. A strict headmistress an hour away from the city was slated to teach the girls, including lessons in the subjects of poetry and physical education. Comedy cues such as audience laughter are omitted so, while the atmosphere is jaunty, part one of the episode is charmingly grounded. Frankly, while searching for this entry in nineteen-eighties’ lady-driven TV comedy, the delight you’ll have may be offset by its brevity and relative non-consequence. Even though it’s fun, you will probably be fine if it’s left history.

Roulette is a game of chance in which a dealer spins a wheel, black and red stripes designating a range of numbers. The dealer tosses a ball on the wheel meeting the landing marks with the idea of a sudden decision. If you have placed a bet where the ball will stop on the wheel, and triumphantly the ball lands where you have predicted, you collect winnings on your bet. Likewise, love is a gamble.

Should we, however, treat life like the roulette wheel? Love falls in the face of adversity with an end to deciding change. Roulette is a game of chance, but rather than choosing to gamble with the cosmos we can structure what we are able to achieve as we would have it, rather than the hands of fate handling important decisions for us. Our own hands guide our destinies. I assert here that keeping education a priority is important. The reason is that lovers meet while teachers educate them, in throngs of increasing interactions between the initiate and the instructor. It may be the thing which saves us from ourselves. Unlike a life steep with problems, what divides lovers from animals is our capacity to educate our own.

I am not particularly technologically proficient.  Photographer: Morgan Sessions

Limitations have hard-pressed me to master the complexities of love. I don’t understand the combination of drive and romance. But it doesn’t matter–simple maintenance and locomotion may be all it takes, because with better-educated coming generations of people, the likelihood increases that everything will work in our favor. That’s a desirable future outcome, and it’s love. It’s keeping education human.

My high school “communications” were a weak suit.

My only programming job ended in me being fired. It lasted three months, and I did an honestly poor job. Was I a fool? Yes. Younger yet, in high school, I wasn’t my best at my classes in “communications.”. I am lucky that I got through them, I suppose. I like the employment of computers very much. That goes with keeping education a priority. William Shakespeare, who led us through the modern era, instructs us to say:

Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.

It perplexes the individual that technology is coming to a head with each new generation.

I don’t think we have any other choice than for us to make technology and technology communications our priorities. It isn’t right for technology to leave us behind. Fortunately, I tend to believe that many can access the components of technology, especially if you have the drive to love and to learn. You can do it. Starting now is a great strategy. Ask questions, get answers and bend technology to your will. That’s how the empire will be built, not by brick but by circuitry. I think it’s about keeping education a priority.

Love is the bond across cultures. Thank you for your time and good luck.  Valentine Badge Newest_2

10 thoughts on “How You Need to Think Valentine’s with Education

  1. Hi,
    Your hypotheses are interesting. Some of them are so humorous that I laughed. For example your sentence with the combination of love and drive. Your assumption of combining Valentine’s and education may not equal out. Some people do fall in love at Valentine and then drop out.
    However, you wrote a very good argument and I commend you.

  2. An intriguing, and very different take on love.
    I suspect that all animals (human or otherwise) do teach their offspring – though the subject matter is different.
    I am a bit scared (being a luddite) by your leaning towards technological communication though. It looks as if I will be lleft behind. Again.
    Thank you so much for making me look at this celebration in a very different way.

  3. Patrick, thank you for this unique take on the blogfest. Likening love to communications and education is intriguing yet has some merit. We don’t think too much about why love works or why it doesn’t, and obviously you’re still trying to work it out and offered some hypotheses. Thank you.

    It’s good to have you on board for another WEP challenge!

    Denise 🙂

  4. That’s certainly an interesting take on the subject of love.

    However, it seems more like a post about improving education, with the idea of love thrown in there to give it some relevance to the topic.

    Having read your post, I still don’t see the connection between education and love, or how being better educated can make people better lovers (or increase their chances of finding love?).

  5. Certainly a very unique viewpoint. I am not sure that I understand how technology and/or education helps us to love better or takes away the uncertainties inherent in the process, makes love less of a gamble so to speak. Not sure that I’d agree, even if I did figure out the linkage.

  6. I’m no good at verbal communicating, especially where love is concerned, which might go some way to explaining why I’ve been divorced twice. I often wonder why the verbal affirmations are so necessary to some people, why is it not enough to express love in the day to day doing of things and doing them willingly, happily, because they are for the one you love?

  7. Education is key for moving forward in a technology-based society, yes. Technology has been instrumental in bridging the gap between like-minded people across the globe, enabling more accessible and effective communication, and exponentially increasing opportunities to connect, and those connections can often lead to love. But, I think we’ll find that matters of the human heart will rarely be governed by either.

  8. Hi Patrick,
    Such an interesting read. I think education is love. Withholding it is a way to control but access to it opens the world to the recipient. Teaching is, in my view, one of the most giving of professions. Technology has definitely helped give the world more access to education. So exciting! Yes, I agree such wonderful opportunities come because of this access, the opportunity to communicate and via that maybe even make a love connection! Well done!
    Thank you so much for giving ‘love’ and the possibility for ‘romance’ a try during the WEP Valentine Challenge!

  9. I was confused at first. How does education relate to love? But I feel like I got something from this interesting post by the end. Perhaps you and I are just not on the same page as to the definition of love, but that’s ok!

  10. I am interpreting your post as saying technology can bring people together. Maybe I am totally off on what you are saying. Technology can definitely help people connect. But sometimes the communication can be awkward because it can be hard to always get the meaning across in typed messages. I think personal interaction is better. People can see each other’s expressions and ask people what they meant when they misunderstand. And sharing activities bring people closer. I guess I am not totally in love with technology even if I can see its usefulness.

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