Write an essay for graduate program in education focus- commentary on Thomas Aquinas educational quotes and reflection.

As part of graduate school admission package, this prompt is posed for an essay that is to be no more than 10 pages – but does not need to be 10!
Promopt from application:For centuries, Western philosophical thought has considered the uniqueness of human beings, how they differ from other species that inhabit the earth, and the special responsibility this uniqueness entails.
Thomas Aquinas, building on the work of Aristotle, prized the pursuit of intellectual excellence as a road to the happiness of union with the divine. He argued that: “.. someone could say that the ultimate end of an intellectual substance consists, in fact, in understanding the best intelligible object – not that the best object of understanding for this or that particular intellectual substance is absolutely the best intelligible object, but that, the higher an intellectual substance is, the higher will its best object of understanding be.” (http://inters.org/st-thomas-intellectual-substance, paragraph 4). By contrast, John Donne, when confronted with his imminent death, told us that: “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main … any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;, it tolls for thee.”(https://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/island.html).
In your view, what assumptions underlie each of these statements? In what ways are these statements contradictory or complementary? What do these statements tell us about individual and societal responsibility for leadership and learning? What dilemmas, if any, do they suggest for the role of education in society? How should adult educators address these implications? What assumptions are you making about your role as an adult educator in your remarks?