3 Paths to Self Improvement
Education is one of the pathways to self improvement. Education is the transferring of information and data. It's a valid method of self improvement that's been successful to some degree. It's been the predominant pathway for humans since their brains began evolving their capacity to think and learn. Civilizations around the world have evolved because of education. In Western culture the zenith of education began with the Age of Enlightenment during the 16th and 17th Centuries in Europe and continues to this day. Schools, universities, story telling, the arts, the printed word and more recently radio, television, video, the internet and electronic media are many of the common pathways used to educate.
Understanding is another self improvement method that helps people live better lives. By understanding each other, people improve their relationships, becoming more cooperative, less fearful and defensive. They open up to each other and become closer to one another.
Improving understanding of ones self and others by increasing one's abilities to communicate is a very important self improvement activity
Enlightenment is the third method of self improvement. Enlightenment is direct knowing. In the case of self enlightenment, it is the direct knowing of oneself. It is not about collecting information or data from others as in an educational process.
Self enlightenment is the condition of knowing directly, who you are. It is not based upon education, or upon what others say or what you read or have heard. It is a self evident fact that originates from your subjective knowingness and needs no outside validation. One who is self enlightened acts with a complete conviction coming from their own source of being.