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Going to university or Google?

  • Totok Amin Soefijanto

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 25 2017   /  01:24 am

Plato once said that human beings must be nurtured based on their basic traits. Hence, an individual must be guided to a certain career path, virtually from the time she or he is a newborn baby.

The chosen paths were to be a guardian or auxiliary in his time. The guardian was the highest level and most respected path, where someone could become trained warriors and even leaders someday. Auxiliary or other derivative paths acted in supporting roles to the guardians.

“The guardians need to be educated very carefully to be able to do their job of protecting the city’s citizens, laws, and customs well,” wrote Plato in 388 BC.

The modern world has been struggling with Plato’s idea for thousands of years.

In the book later titled The Republic, he talks about building a nation with systems of justice and education, among others.

The goal is exactly...