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March 7, 2010
  • Title’s inspiring song: “Learn to fly”-Foo Fighters..for some reason it seems as though I have been on a little bit of a Foo Fighters kick? My apologies.
  • New SocialVibe cause for March. This month’s SocialVibe organization I’m supporting is DonateLife which helps raise money for organ and tissue donation to give another person back a life which is ultimately one of the most incredible gifts you could give. For more information here is their website: Check it out and please take the time to help raise money for free all March. All you have to do is click 🙂
  • It always astonishes me how the number of people who read this blog continues to grow.  Thank you! I added a new poll about changing the format of my blog a little bit and vote because it might change next week’s post.
  • As always I love and welcome comments so feel welcome to comment on anything at all. And email if you have suggestions/ideas for future posts

“Learning without thought is labor lost.”-Confucius

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.”-Theodore H. White

       So apparently it’s already March? Go figure.  Anyway, Happy First Sunday in March!  Let’s get into this week’s post.

       Our society is constantly changing and evolving. Right now in this day and age, we are very driven by goal-setting and working towards a specific outcome or score. Goal-driven work is a  wonderful thing to have as it naturally makes us more competitive and hard-working. However, it is not without its detrimental effects as well. 

        The most practical way for goal-driven work to manifest itself in life to be tested is with a test  that assesses your level of skill. On the plus side, it forces you to raise your game because not only do you have to learn a certain amount of material, you also have to learn it well enough to perform on an examination. On the negative, sometimes that score-obsession as I like to refer to it becomes unhealthy. I have seen some people who become so transfixed on getting a certain score or grade that nothing else seems to matter. It does not matter how you get it or why, just that you do.  Does that necessarily mean you have mastered what you have learned? Not in the least, it means that you’ve learned something well enough to do well on a test. Woohoo for you! In kindergarten, it would warrant a gold star.

         I am not trying to say throw out the whole system of education and say that testing people is wrong because it’s not and that probably is the best way to evaluate how much someone knows. I think that unfortunately though this trend produces people with a mechanical brain who learn to extract important information, memorize and regurgitate it. There’s no real thought involved and it becomes just about a practical learning to a test/exam/job. Which like Confucius says is a labor lost. Would you want someone you trust to have learned something to just be someone who learned the bare-bones of what they were taught and nothing more?

        It frustrates me to see people like that and even realizing quite recently that I became that way a little. It made me wonder where my childhood curiosity went and whatever happened to learning for the sake of learning. The ability to learn is a beautiful gift we have been given and part of the reason the world has not been taken over by robots who learn with input and output values. Our mind is too complicated to be replicated by a single model and the human ability to learn will probably never be replicated. With that important of a gift, why is that we let it atrophy the way we do and not use our brains to their full capacity?

         If you recognize the lack of actual hardcore learning in your life, like I did, then how you choose to remedy that problem becomes an issue. It’s not like we can all just become hippies give up our responsibilities and move to the woods to be students of nature or something. But there are more plausible ways to create change. Read up on a topic you have always been interested in, but have not really learned about. Learn a new skill. Ask the question why more even if you feel stupid doing so. Spend more time piecing together things in your mind rather than accepting everything because someone told you that’s the way it is. Enrich your mind and do something different( one of the things I am trying to do is  become smart enough to do an entire crossword…dorky i know ). And if you still wonder why you’re doing this it’s because being a lifelong learner is your lifelong unwritten obligation to yourself and the world. Learning never fails and in the words of Rick Astley it’s “never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down and never gonna run around and desert you”.

Have a great week. Apparently the second week in March, is National Procrastination Week. Fight the urge and challenge yourself to learn. Remember to vote on the poll about next week’s post and future posts!

❤ SQ


7 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    March 7, 2010 9:27 pm

    One of these days you’ll be able to complete a whole crossword by yourself, I know it!

    • March 8, 2010 10:34 am

      well thank you for the vote of confidence! i will definitely be working on it as well as being more of an active learner

  2. March 8, 2010 12:44 pm

    I love this quote – and I think it’s quite true in my life. It helps me take my mind off my sadness or my worries when I’m engaging in learning something, whether it’s through reading, baking, taking a class, sewing, gardening. There’s something about engaging your mind and your body that really makes a difference.

    Thanks for another great Sunday post!

    • March 10, 2010 8:14 pm

      thank you eva!
      that mind and body balance is something i think is absolutely essential. i’m the same way when i learn becomes a good outlet for channeling negative/pent-up energy

  3. March 10, 2010 2:46 pm

    Great post! Learn something new every day. Its all part of increasing your awareness to new and changing possibilities. Try a thousand different things on the way to finding what you really want to do!

    This is my first visit to your site. I will be back. Thanks for the inspiration.


    • March 10, 2010 8:12 pm

      thank you bruce!
      i’m glad you liked the post
      i stumbled across your blog sometime ago and i really liked it so i had to add it to my blogroll =]

  4. March 11, 2010 10:10 am

    thanks for the comment earlier this week – love your space!

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