Survival is the basic necessity of human life, and it involves acquiring knowledge about people, environment, past, future and many other things. Only after this basic necessity has been fulfilled, can you look at higher knowledge such as Self-Realization.
Self-Realization is not a basic necessity of life; it is the highest possibility of life. Naturally, only those who can look beyond their basic necessities of life can become spiritual. There is another reason why very few people know about Self-Realization, and that reason is purely social.
Society is a collective making. None of our social systems can exist and function without the cooperation of many. You would not be able to enjoy the immense benefits of modern living without involving the future generations.
Modern human lifestyle does not come from existence – it is manmade. Formal education is simply a process of ensuring that future generations understand the basics of human society so they can contribute to it.
The formal education system is simply not interested in Self-Realization. Why would it be? Self-Realization might be the highest goal of a human being, but it is a totally unrealistic goal for society at large.
Society is built on the foundation of mutual cooperation, sharing of knowledge, and uniformity. Self-Realization is a totally different phenomenon. Self-Realization is the quest of an individual to find his highest possible Self. Unless an individual makes a conscious choice to become spiritual, he will easily miss it.
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