In one way or the other, life is not easy, it never was and it never will be. However, we can gradually make life a lot less difficult through the 'Holistic' form and perspective of Education. One definition of such Holistic Education is I quote 'Ron Miller (founder of the journal Holistic Education Review~now entitled Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice), ''...a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. Holistic education aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning...".
Formally or informally blessed with choice and free will, we can learn about anything, using anything, from anyone, at anywhere and during anytime. If there is anything good from this Earth that nobody can ever take away from us, that be the knowledge that comes from all our learnings put together. Because we may from time to time be deprived of a situation, our resilience is a unique trait which can best be built upon our past learnings or experiences. Hence it is not only the level of Education (which includes Academics) that is paramount, the application of it is what really makes a difference.
Although some may call it 'street-smart' while others prefer the term Experts or Specialists, it will be our Education factor that will dominantly determine our character and how far we can possibly contribute to society. Occasionally it does involve a process of 'Un-learning' as well, as society decides to share and pass on the accumulated wisdom onto its future generations, who are exposed to the phrase 'Garbage In, Garbage Out', as also true to the saying, 'What Goes Around, Does Come Around'.