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Is going to college meaningless?


I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
    
the more knowledge, the more grief. Ecclesiastes 1:16-18
            Solomon makes the point that getting smarter doesn’t make you wiser.  Intelligence is the accumulation of information.  Wisdom is the application of experience.
            Smart people know what to do but don’t necessarily apply what they’ve learned.
            College pushes the consumption of information, but usually fails in teaching students how to live life better, unless a better job means a better life to them.
            Also, intelligent people accumulate only a certain type of information that they want to acquire and leave out what they don’t think matters.  This is biased information-gathering and can miss the truth, basing their intelligence on emotion and feelings.
            Colleges hire professors who fit a certain mold and communicate a certain agenda so you have to be careful.
            Solomon’s final point in verse 18 says the more we know, the sadder we become.  That is true.  When we dig deep into any issue, we discover heartache, betrayal, dead-ends and cover-ups.
            Colleges have a high suicide rate as pressure and expectation push people to the brink.  Some who go to college do come to the realization that their own lives are meaningless, falling short and put themselves in last place.
            Going to a college where you feel God called you, doing something you feel God wants you to do, and reaching people at college for Jesus Christ, gives the college experience lots of meaning.