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Hansen. ”4 This kind of service is not necessarily heroic or extraordinary, though of course it can be. While it is certainly the case that there are many great and even more good and dedicated teachers, this happy fact does not preclude the inspiration afforded by someone like Schweitzer. In fact, it may be just that this view of Hansen, so necessary to understand a certain type of vocation or calling, has prevented us from seeing what can be the contributions of Schweitzer’s educational efforts.

Schweitzer’s solidifying of resolve was deceptively simple and shrouded by passing years. Can we learn, from his fateful decision to go to Africa, about the kinds of decisions made by teachers and other educators, as they commit themselves to a life of service? A close colleague of mine quipped once that we are teachers because we didn’t want to go the extreme route of becoming missionaries. This casual remark has meaning in this context, for the continuum of decisions made by educators about their work links the missionary zeal at one end to the more measured and ordinary decision to teach made by students in education programs at colleges and universities every year.

21 Now he has shifted his attention to Hélène, and wants to make her part of this December 21st ritual, even to replace his cherished aunt. He celebrates it alone in his mind, with the images of the fire, his work on Kant, and now Hélène. He wonders about the present and future course of his life while his mind is racing. I don’t want to be an overworked, egotistical workhorse. With 30 years I begin a new life! What will I have in store for me? . How can I possibly find fulfillment in my life?

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