Albert Schweitzer's Legacy for Education: Reverence for Life by A. Rud

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By A. Rud

Albert Schweitzer’s Legacy for schooling is the 1st ebook dedicated to the learn of the concept and deeds of Albert Schweitzer in terms of schooling. Schweitzer’s existence and paintings provide either suggestion and well timed insights for academic proposal and perform within the twenty-first century. concentrating on Schweitzer’s imperative notion, “Reverence for Life,” Rud assesses Schweitzer as a prophet for social and academic swap. He develops the idea that of functional reverence in schooling and describes the effect of Schweitzer’s notion upon curriculum improvement and the ethical dimensions of training and studying in today’s faculties.

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Schweitzer also saw the ceaseless striving of the will as elemental, but with a different outcome from the negation that Schopenhauer saw this striving as issuing forth in action, 24 ALBERT SCHWEITZER’S LEGACY FOR EDUCATION though resignation and regret were also part of any action in the world for Schweitzer. For Schweitzer, a will to live, say, you as a human being, finds its source of value and efficacy not wholly within itself but in relation to others, other “wills” to live. That is why Schweitzer saw all life as sacred.

Schweitzer was as interested and passionate as Nietzsche in wanting to make alive a new culture to replace one that was moribund, but the path he took toward that end could not have been more different. Schweitzer turned outward toward others, and more importantly, recognized the pain and suffering in his immediate surroundings, and worked in a practical manner toward its erasure. He took exactly what Nietzsche saw as the weak abdication of 18 ALBERT SCHWEITZER’S LEGACY FOR EDUCATION Jesus of Nazareth and his followers as a virtue, seeing instead boundless sacrifice and service.

His hospital in Lambaréné for native people afflicted with leprosy, strangulated hernias, and other painful and life-threatening conditions was a repudiation of Nietzsche’s vision. Both of these men had distinct responses to European spiritual decay, and saw what they thought was a better world. Nietzsche would enact that world through individual art and will to power. Schweitzer called upon service borne of the renunciation of the individual will, and a turning outward to aid the very people whom Nietzsche despised.

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