May’s answer

– Yes, of course. – May prepared herself for a long charge. – As you mentioned before, we are made human by the initial instruction of the mind to recognize meanings. This is the initial step in our introduction to the world, where there would not only be objects and sequences of occurrences but also inherent meanings ascribed to the otherwise valueless, impenetrable reality. We are invited to the world by being introduced to its preexisting conventions. The world of man is by far a set of deliberately accepted concepts and has very little to do with the actual state of the untouched by the cognition Being. We ascribe to reality meanings, which would be sheer widely acclaimed judgments. The meaningful reality is the world of man, not of the impenetrable continuum of things. And we are confronted with its wholeness from the very instant we are exposed to the necessity of external interaction. We inhale the conventions in their remote and unknown to us system of alignment. This, I believe, is our primal act of instruction, which is quite educational but yet has not the quality of being individually realized.

From “The Young Philosophers. On Education”



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