You are the scholar gypsy. Explain to your friends why you have decided to run away from conventional education.
My Dearest Ronald,
Education has become an intellectual activity, something we use to stimulate our senses and tickle our ears. We esteem education in such a high regard, but are we actually embodying it? We supposedly cherish and value education here at oxford, but in all matters of practicality, I believe we are far from it. We have turned education into an idolised principle that we claim to love yet fail to uphold. Superficially, we are about education, but fundamentally, conformity and obedience. Education without practical experience or actual physical engagement is nothing more then a chore to me. To read all of the books, to write all of the essays and storys, to study all of the cultures, but to not actually experience them, is that truly appropriate? I am fed up with viewing the beauty of this world through ink and paper or from the mouth of another. I want to experience it for myself. I want to be free. Free from the constraints of university life. Free from the mental shackles of conformity and appropriate behaviour. I want to see, touch, feel, hear and be in the very thick of life. No longer do I feel satisfaction in being a third party to the joys of life. No longer do I get enjoyment in the structure and properness of the life I am living – no longer do I find solace in these intellectual games. I am off, where to, I know not. All I know is that I seek to live a life of adventure, of fulfillments, of wonder. Perhaps I will join the gypsy’s..