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Liberty: freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint:

In politics, it’s the social and political freedoms to which people are entitled. In theology, it’s freedom from the bondage of sin.

Want to increase your liberty?

Increase your learning.

Works every time. I know because whenever I’ve learned something new, like how to . . .

  • replace the heating element in my electric water heater,
  • code,
  • fix a leaky faucet,
  • remove malware,
  • winterize an outboard engine,
  • run a marathon,
  • field dress and butcher a deer,
  • fix a toilet,
  • care for a sick child,
  • sharpen a chainsaw blade,
  • wire an outlet,
  • get out of a time-share contract,
  • drive,
  • read,
  • write,

. . . I gained a little bit of power, a little bit of freedom–a little bit of liberty.

It doesn’t matter what the question is. Education is the answer.  I’m not sure I can think of a problem for which learning can’t help better our odds.

Learning reduces fear, helping us to be more present, effective, creative, and competent.

Learning inspires independence and action, confidence and gumption.

Now more than ever, education is the element transforming ideas and information into tangible, practical, profitable solutions.

Instead of being at the mercy of a plumber who may or may not show up this afternoon, education gives us the ability to make decisions and take action for ourselves—and get that toilet flushing again.

Education is also the element that inspires the plumber to master his craft and create surprising value—which makes him an indispensable, irreplaceable member of his community.

Change your perspective, what you know, what you do, and you can change your reality. Formal education is the foundation; it’s where our attitudes about learning begin–but lifelong informal education can transform our lives.

Educated people inspire learning in others. Educated people raise the bar; because there’s a steep price to pay for being the least educated person in your group.

Ignorance is costly, confining, and limiting. Learning, on the other hand, is liberating.