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enormous that it often fails to provoke a sense of injustice in many individuals and societies.56 Like the Holocaust, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has also driven some people to commit themselves to sexual morality both globally and individually. One can also hazard that the current global economic meltdown could result in a new philosophical order especially from an economic perspective. On a spiritual note, we also have examples of people whose moral lives have changed for the better as a result of their spiritual encounters. Biblical examples were Zachaeus (the tax collector) and Saul of Tarsus who later became Apostle Paul. In church history, St. Augustine of Hippo was an example. In our own country, the self-confessed former armed robber, Evangelist Kayode Adams is a living example. This shows that there is hope for our own society as more and more people experience spiritual encounters either by being born again as Christians or having similar experience in other religions. With our traditional background of moral codes of respect to authority and fear of punishment by deities or ancestors or traditional authority, operating at a level of obedience is at least a step higher on the moral ladder than egoism and egocentrism. Mr. Vice-Chancellor, so far, I have been making an attempt to answer the question: what is man, that we should educate him? In the first lecture, I submitted that man is a living creature and therefore has scientific, biological attributes of other living creatures. In the second lecture, I built upon this to submit that man, homo sapiens or knowing man, has the natural capacity to know. This human capacity called intelligence has biological origin and can grow progressively to generate new knowledge. In this last lecture, I have been trying to show that the value component of education is the development of a disposition to uphold moral principles in human behaviour. I have also shown that moral 56

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Professor Oluremi Aina Bamisaiye University Lecture  

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Professor Oluremi Aina Bamisaiye University Lecture  

University LEcture

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