Reading is to me a tremendous education because you can learn so much.

I think water is unlike most other things, it is critical for life, you can’t live without water. I would say water is more important than anything else, because it impinges on so many aspects of our life. In modern day society, people are wasting water horrendously because they take water for granted.

South Africa where I was brought up in, there are lots of wealth and there is enormous amount of poverty as well, both faces the same issue of water shortage. The livelihood of South Africa depends on their economy for a lot of products which requires water. Major export like South African wine as well as agriculture is hindered if there is no water.

I think there are three corner stones of education that are important to anybody, but not everybody has it, which are reading, writing and arithmetic. Reading is to me a tremendous education because you can learn so much. But also, by just going out is an education itself, you learn from what you see with your eyes. Reading is a way to travel the world, and travelling itself.

It is difficult to actually define what is education, because education can be virtually anything, education in many parts of the world are simply brainwashing the young people to think in a particular way, which is not education for me. Depending on what motives people have is what they will educate to others. Education is something that you can use to benefit other people. Education can be so dangerous, it can be twisted by society to make their population narrow minded and misinformed. True education is something that the individual that can pick up without going to school.

A poem by Rudyard Kipling called “If”, is something that I preach throughout my life. “If you can keep your head when all about you, are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, or being hated, don’t give way to hating, and yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise.” It goes on for four verses, and I think everyone should read it.

David William Deal, a hotelier and an educator.

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