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In my previous blog post - which you can access HERE - I wrote about Prometheus and the gifts of fire and blind optimism that he gifted the cave dwellers. Metaphorically, these were actually gifts of knowledge (fire) and hope (blind optimism), gifts that would enable the cave dwellers to climb out of the cave of ignorance and into the light of enlightenment and happiness.....
This got me thinking about the people in my life who embody Prometheus, and to be honest I have a few friends who embody these virtues, but (not) to my astonishment I realised that I know a HUGE group of people that are Prometheus - teachers.
For is it not in a school where the philosophical aim is to inspire knowledge and hope?
The teacher in the classroom is a beacon, a rebel, a light bringer; a teacher is the creator of humankind, with the responsibility to give life, to enable a flourishing in all life areas in the children they work with.... they invest in the next generation like no other, they really are the heroes of mankind's story. It doesn't matter the guise of the teacher, be they academic, practical/labour skilled, or philosophical, they all have a place in the giving of knowledge and hope, and for this they should be recognised.
Therefore, I believe that the teacher is the ultimate philanthropist, they give, heroically, stoically, and wish passion.
Next teacher you see/meet say thank you, say I appreciate your hard work, say I see the light you give to children, to adults, to your peers.... and then say thank you again.