177. "The study of an academic discipline alters the way we perceive the world. After studying the discipline, we see the same world as before, but with different eyes."
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The institution of academics forms an imperative aspect in the life of an individual, since academics serve not only to inform the man about the various sciences that he wishes to profess in, but also to enlarge the latitude of his thought. Hence an educated person has a matured perspective of the world that once seemed strange and fantastic.
The primary purpose of academics is to educate man to identify good from the bad. A naive adoscelent presumes that cigars and drugs make a man look 'cool' and authoritative. In the past, several surveys in the United States of America have revealed that young kids considered the Marlboro Man to be their icon and would go to the limits to imitate him. Awareness of the disastrous consequences of such insalubrious practices, greatly contributed through the reformed educational systems, have brought about marked changes of the attitudes of the younger generation. More adolescents have been disciplined and trained to adhere to the path of righteousness.
Academic practices usually incorporate social and cultural sciences along with the usual physical sciences. These play an important role in educating the students about their customs, social norms and cultural background. Although argued that these factors contribute little to the advancements in scientific and technological studies, these form a crucial aspect of an individual. The social being that man is, these ideals provide him a sense of security, brotherhood and identity among like minded people, irrespective of his scientific and economic disposition. Superstitious beliefs are taught to be mere farce and must be curbed to promote truthfulness and practicality in our practices in daily life.
Academics have become indispensible in today's fast paced world. Without a rigid educational foundation, man becomes vulnerable and incompetent amidst the exponential growth in the scientific and technological arenas. For instance, a man less informed in Computer Sciences views the Internet as a bane, hampering privacy and promoting child trafficking and pornography. However, a stock market professional or a Computer Science graduate student would admit that the world without the Internet is incomprehensible considering the vastness of its resources and the speed and accuracy of its communicational characteristics.
The purpose of an academic system is to educate man about the various factors influencing the lifestyle of humankind, alongside its duty to aid man in achieving his goals and aims in life. An educated individual is more mature, pragmatic and prudent is his approach to life. Though subtely, the educational methods change the perspective of the man that he considers of this world. There lies the influence of academics in the lives of humankind.