Updated: Sep 15, 2020

“For centuries we have been conditioned by nationality, caste, class, tradition, religion, language, education, literature, art, custom, convention, propaganda of all kinds, economic pressure, the food we eat, the climate we live in, our family, our friends, our experiences—every influence you can think of—and, therefore, our responses to every problem are conditioned. Are you aware that you are conditioned? That is the first thing to ask yourself, not how to be free of your conditioning. You may never be free of it, and if you say, “I must be free of it”, you may fall into another trap of another form of conditioning. So are you aware that you are conditioned?”

Jiddu Krishnamurti Early this year I was asked to do a session with Outdoor educators on ‘Professionalism’. It’s not a word I have been fond of because of my own past associations with the it, often along with the word ‘maturity’. The image of a suited, expressionless person is what I see. It means different things in different cultures too.