The concept of lifelong education, where adults continue to pursue their interests and develop their minds long after they have left school, is an aspect of the ideal culture. The humanbrain has an endless capacity for growth and knowledge, and while an adult is learning from practical experiences every day, it is important to be exposed to new ideas and new intellectual discoveries in order to raise the mind to new levels of insight. This is particularly important in a democratic society, where individuals are responsible for making political decisions and need to be well-informed. The development of philosophical and scientific thinking should not be confined to universities and professors.
Modern technology has changed the ways in which knowledge is made available to the public. People can now be educated about a wide range of issues through radio, television, print media, and the internet, without having to attend public events. Nevertheless, debate and discussion are still an important aspect of the educational experience because they engage the mind and force the individual to evaluate the information being presented to him. Modern media attempts to meet this need through allowing public commentary and discussion in letters to the editor, opinion polls and surveys, telephone voting, message boards and blogs. Many people seek personal contact through local adult education classes, informal associations such as book clubs, and even educational tourism, such as Elderhostel.
Unification Aspects is designed to relate the subject of this article to Unification Thought and to aid teachers and researchers who wish to further pursue these topics from a unification perspective.