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Prosperity is a new experience in the modern world. We older people have still something experience of the transition from the old past to the modern world. When we were even nearer at the old past, one seldom heard the word prosperity, because also prosperity was rare. Probably with prosperity in the past was meant the life rather at the rich people, at a minority. A general prosperity is a new experience in the modern world. This experience goes clearer since the middle of the 20th century in Central Europe and Northern Europe. Some of this already got experienced in North America before. At all events our general vocabulary was enriched with the beautiful word prosperity since the middle of the 20th century. And not only was a minority meant with that. So the philanthropic life developed at many which were poor before.
The majority of the people lived after and after already in the prosperity in few decades. Which was for many peoples still more a dream, became daily reality for the people in Central Europe and in Northern Europe. Daily enough for meals, beautiful apartments, beautiful clothes, more work and income, first more bicycles, then cars, television, telephone, journeys, vacation etc. Somebody has understood this as a sign of time: That this is the beginning of a new history in the world of the people instead of poverty for the people, now more and more prosperity for the people. Is a possible intellectual prosperity also a sign of the time for the liberation of the people from the intellectual impoverishment?
Unfortunately, one still hears little of an intellectual prosperity. A prominent person in the responsibility for the education was surprised joyfully when he heard the word "intellectual prosperity". Unfortunately, this is used seldom or not at all in our vocabulary. Can there be something like that at all? One should dare perhaps urgently to say it so: All of us can reach an intellectual prosperity by education. The intellectual prosperity is the liberation from an intellectual impoverishment. There is with us people hopeful equipment for this: the general talent, the general teachability and the general willing to learn.
Could the intellectual prosperity become an education aim? This would be beautiful, this would be philanthropic. The wealth of the intellectual life can there be for everyone. This isn't a prerogative of an intellectual aristocracy. Culture isn't a luxury for an elevated living standard. The intellectual prosperity is possible for everyone by humane education. Humane education is also possibly for everyone and necessary for everyone and just as need as a general school education, like professional education. One needs no financial and organizational effort for an intellectual wealth; we are so teachable for this, that we learn this, where one teaches and lives this helpfully. We could do our best also together as parents, as teachers, as friends, as politicians, as professors that we will be successful to learn and helpfully to teach and to live the intellectual prosperity.