Maybe to counteract the hardship of the long hours and little vacation time, many in the U.S. like to repeat how easy does it. This is also the country where Elbert Hubbard, the artist/writer/philosopher, brought up in 1902 the concept of The School of Hard Knocks.
… I used to describe myself to my students as “the irritant, that grain of sand that will bother you enough so that in time you will produce a pearl.”
The School of No Media, at the opposite end of the “eduCUSHIONal” system, leans towards not knowing what hits us and welcomes various forms of being lost.
Much depends on our mistakes and our falls.
We are trying here to wean ourselves off images and films but there seems no better example for this School of Hard Knocks than this excerpt from a recent Life Story episode by the extraordinary Sir David Attenborough*:
Chicks on their second day of life...
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*Apparently Sir David Attenborough has been “Beyond Belief” too in the past:
My response is that when Creationists talk about God creating every individual species as a separate act, they always instance hummingbirds, or orchids, sunflowers and beautiful things. But I tend to think instead of a parasitic worm that is boring through the eye of a boy sitting on the bank of a river in West Africa, [a worm] that’s going to make him blind. ‘Are you telling me that the God you believe in, who you also say is an all-merciful God, who cares for each one of us individually, are you saying that God created this worm that can live in no other way than in an innocent child’s eyeball? Because that doesn’t seem to me to coincide with a God who’s full of mercy’.