It may seem unthinkable to get out of the profit philosophy, but it is not impossible. People have not lost their freedom of choice over their own future yet. It is a matter of time and education. We need a trend reversal, that is, we have to start educating ourselves and the others to think, to speak, to act for free. It means that we have to abandon a mindset, adjust our way of thinking, lifestyle and behavior, to create a new lexicon of gratuity.
Necessarily, it means a process of dis-education from profit, a result of free, conscious and not painless daily choices. It means, once again, helping young people to design and build a better world starting from their own lives, to become able to create, invent, research, design, work hard for the good of mankind and not for their career and personal wealth.
Educating to gratuity means “pulling” out (from Latin ducere) all the good things from every single person, every teenager or toddler. School and family appear the most suitable architects of this necessary and possible revolution. They are really the only two educational institutions capable of having a positive influence on young people and, by their nature, they are the right places for the growth of relations and recovery of values and of the meaning of life.
The role of the family in building a new society based on gratuity would need a treaty to be discussed in depth. However, talking about school means also talking about family, because both are involved in the development process of the same children. The pedagogy exerted by parents is basically the same teachers can achieve, based on the recognition of personal gifts and on the promotion of diversity and affection.
Schools need the family as the natural place of gratuity and education, and the family needs schools to avoid being educationally alone before the pressure of the system. Due to its characteristics of social penetration and individual action on the person, schools are a highly strategic element in the change of the social system. Changing schools means changing society. Changing schools in view of gratuity means allowing new generations to learn to think, plan, work, dream and hope for alternative terms to profit, to be able to conceive of work, economy, and life in terms of a gift instead of self-interest.
Considering that today’s students will become the professionals, politicians, and citizens of tomorrow, investing in education and in education to gratuity is a key step to begin to give concrete answers to the expectations of justice, equitable distribution of goods, the problems of hunger, thirst, health, and the environmental issues in the whole world.
Taken from “A school without profit”, ed. Always