Learning is a blessing. First, we learn to walk and talk. Then we learn how to copy our parents. Then we go to school to learn how the world works. Then we go to work to learn how to work. Then we learn how to behave a certain way in public. Then we get complacent and stop learning because we repeat the same routine everyday.
Once we fall into a routine, we set our life on cruise control. We lose the creativity of our youth and stifle our curiosity. It should come upon us naturally that we feel there should be more to life. Some realize this earlier than others, while some never do. Nevertheless, that is when we should question our routines, especially if we’re not happy with them.
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
We all learn in different ways because of our upbringing, home environment, school, and experiences of the “real world.”
The things we learn at home are culture, traditions, ethics, and manners. They mold and shape us to become who we are and how we act.
The things each of us learn in school vary greatly. Some are good at studying while some are good at hands-on. The one-size-fits-all approach does not work, especially with today’s technology at our disposal. The majority of institutions force upon us a standardized way of learning that kills creativity and curiosity. Sadly, it’s a subtle form of brainwashing that most of us are unaware of.
Yet still, the things we learn in the real world are different than what we have learned at home and at school. We learn valuable lessons taught only through experience. Experience comes from trial and error. Trial and error comes from curiosity and questioning. When we start to question, it is only then can we truly learn how to learn.
Whenever you learn something new, whether it’d be from family, friends, school, internet, or the real world, do not believe it completely. Don’t believe everyone. Unfortunately, the reality is that you’re more likely to get hurt if you trust completely.
If something doesn’t resonate with you (e.g. things taught in school, certain customs, etc.), then it will unlikely be sustainable. Question everything. Do your homework. Research the matter and find other perspectives. Then test it, make your own judgment, and check if it’s align with your code of ethics.
Some may argue that this is too analytical. What we should really consider is how much of what we have learned (or will learn) is true to us and that we are not just living someone else’s reality. At the end of the day, it’s about how much you care to know what your perception of truth is.
It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone. – Hans F. Henson
Question everything, even what you’ve just read. Live life through your eyes and not through those of others.