Story 20 - A Poster with Dragons.
"Science is the gateway to truth," the king added. "And the letter D stands for Doctor. It signifies to you that you have been taught by the best in the field, that you understand the nature of science and the principles that pertain to the leading edge of science. It also signifies that you have proven your understanding of it by applied healing. This means that you have all become full fledged scientists and disserve to be honored accordingly."
Thus, in honoring their achievement, the king allowed each one of the students to attach the letters CSD as a professional title to their name.
Eventually, the king became involved in other projects and therefore was forced to close the school down, as he couldn't spare the time for it. Still, his advisors prevailed on him, saying, "we need more teachers to teach the people." So again, being a kind and honorable man, the king considered their plea and consented.
Since he could no longer spare the time to teach himself, nor did he expect to live on this planet forever, he thought about what could be done to have the teaching continue without him. Soon, he found a solution. His solution was somewhat unique. He founded an academy that represented his wisdom and his discoveries of fundamental principles, and he established a provision that allowed every citizen of the realm to become a member of the academy as a kind of statement of recognition and acknowledgement of the king's principles. One this was done, he reopened the school as a part of the academy. This gave the teaching in the school a definition; a unique direction; a specific character.
Nevertheless, the king faced still a dilemma,
even a three fold dilemma.
The first dilemma was that he couldn't be certain that the school would
actually provide confide scientific teaching, based on discovered, understood, and acknowledged, universal principles, in the manner as he had taught. Since he continued to be the school's president,
he felt that it was his responsibility to assure that the school lived up to its billing.
His second dilemma was that he couldn't even be sure what would be taught. He could present a lesson plan, but he could never be sure that the teaching didn't come out as a statement of philosophy or religion, rather than as a platform of science that alone enables a person to engage in continuous
His third dilemma was that he couldn't just tell the future sages that, most likely, they would only be taught a philosophy in that school. Indeed, how would they be able to know the difference, not being able to understand the nature of science themselves, which they were hoping to be taught?
So the king sat down and puzzled about his dilemmas. He realized that he could solve some of his dilemmas by lowering the people's expectations; allowing the school to hand out only a bachelor degree, with the symbols CSB. He felt that this would put the onus on the student's to upgrade themselves by means of their own scientific and spiritual development, until they would be worthy of the king's degree of CSD; the doctor's degree.
Still, he had a problem with that. He had to ask himself: Who will determine when, in a person's self-development, the point is reached when philosophy is fully displaced by scientific perception? What
other person can make this determination except the scientist himself, or herself? Is anyone, except an experienced scientist, able separate science from philosophy, and know which of the two governs his heart? Not likely, right?
Since the king understood all of this, and being a scientist himself, he came up with a most elegant and elevating solution. He created two application forms for the royal academy. One form was designed for those citizens who have never been taught by a sage from the school, and the second form he devised for the citizens who had been so taught. Now the king inserted sample names into the forms, and the name that he chose for the counter-signer of the second form, was the name of a noted philosopher. In this manner the king pointed out to anyone who is able to see, to be aware that the teaching of the sages may just be philosophy.