Educating the mind leads to understanding.
Understanding leads to tolerance.
Tolerance leads to acceptance.
Acceptance leads to conversion.
Conversion is error.
Thus education leads to error.
The best way to prevent error is avoidance.
Avoidance leads to ignorance.
Thus is ignorance the ideal outcome of an educated mind.

Said slightly differently,

Educating the mind leads to understanding.
Understanding leads to tolerance.
Tolerance leads to acceptance.
Acceptance enables conversion.
Conversion is error.
In this way education makes error more likely.
The best way to prevent error is by avoidance.
Such avoidance leads to ignorance.
Thus can ignorance be the ideal outcome of an educated mind.

Stated with more attention to detail,

Educating the mind leads to understanding.
Partial understanding leads to tolerance.
Tolerance produces a more complete understanding.
A more complete understanding mandates intolerance.
Intolerance may at first seem to suggest avoidance.
Avoidance is action.
Action is typically revised according to outcome.
Revision necessarily omits some considerations.
Ignoring some contingencies is indistinguishable from ignorance.
Thus the appearance of ignorance can be one legitimate outcome of an educated mind.

Said succinctly with all this understood,

Educating the mind leads to understanding.
Understanding leads to tolerance.
Tolerance leads to acceptance.
Acceptance leads to conversion.
Conversion is error.
Thus education leads to error.
The best way to prevent error is avoidance.
Avoidance leads to ignorance.
Thus is ignorance the ideal outcome of an educated mind.

Titles that were considered for this group of ideas:

On the Use of the Educated Mind
The Truly Educated Mind
On the Nature of the Educated Mind
The Purpose of the Educated Mind
The Ultimate purpose of a Real Education
No Title (but the file must be named, and "Untitled" is a title, therefore,)
"Titled"


by Robert Hampton Burt
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