Or, should I say, what has education got to do with it?
A minute later, there was an announcement asking all passengers to please not use profanity on the train, ‘especially those people who went to Harvard or Yale or are from Westport.’
The great Saint Kabir once wrote (or said, I don’t know which, as I was not around back then):
जात न पूछो साध का,
पूछ लीजिये ग्यान।
मोल करो तलवार का,
पड़ा रहन दो म्यान।।
Quick meaning: Appearances can be deceptive!
Long form of meaning: Don’t ask a sadhu/saint/hermit what his antecedents are, i.e., who his parents are, what his caste is, what his lineage/pedigree is; rather, sound him out for the knowledge that he possesses (and seek some for yourself as well). Just as when/if you were in the market for a sword, you ought to check out its worth/attributes (sharpness, length, warranty, etc 😉 rather than that of its scabbard.
However, when Kabir refers to knowledge, I doubt very much that he is talking about how well educated the sadhu is (or you are)! Actions always speak the loudest. Don’t forget what Rahim has said:
बड़े बड़ाई ना करें
बड़े न बोलें बोल।
रहिमन हीरा कब कहा
लाख टका मेरा मोल।।
Those who are classy (classier) do not flaunt their classiness, just like (Rahim points out that) the diamond never touts that it is worth a hundred thousand Takas/Rupees/Dollars/Shekels/Yuans/Yens/Drachmas!