It’s imperative. The transfer of knowledge, protection of tradition and shaping of the future are all dependent on it. When we do not teach, we fail society. We squander that which is meant to propel on that which creates stumbling blocks.
It’s responsibility. I can only teach what I understand. Before I teach, let me first understand the consequential implications. Let me strive to engage with and fully absorb that which I want others to emulate.
He who understands has a moral obligation to embody that understanding. This gives a teacher additional responsibilities in interactions with those who do not yet understand. He cannot treat them as fools but should guide them in understanding instead.
The greater the understanding the greater the responsibility.