To LEARN or NOT TO LEARN? That is NO LONGER a question!
Life teaches you many things. And then you choose to learn more. If you learn, develop the knowledge and practice it is easy, if you don’t it is hard, just like those mathematical equations in school. But how much do you really know? And of all the things that you know how much of it is fact based and unbiased realistic information? If you are in doubt, try telling something you strongly believe to a kid and brace your ego from being bruised by the volley of facts they will throw back at you that will prove you wrong. Because they are choosing to learn as a natural process to stay abreast of their rapidly expanding global culture by means of their wisdom bank called browsers sitting in their palms. A few thumb strokes and a slide across their touch screens and you will be schooled of the facts! Not what you were told or taught at school.
Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. ~Henry L. Doherty
We live in a much smaller world today and the indication is that this world is only going to get smaller in the future. Today when you buy a mobile phone, it is likely that it encompasses different applications designed by several engineers who are of different faiths, race, and sub cultures, living in different countries, and the phone is made in China, for an American Company, delivered to you by a courier driver of foreign origin who speaks your language. Similarly you buy British designer wear clothing that is made in India, shipped in a Japanese Freight Container, and made available at a store in an American Mall, with Italian Marble Floors in a store that is managed by a Mexican Manager and sold to you by a Russian Sales Girl. Yet, we know very little about any of these varied people, their rich cultures, amazing history or amusing personal stories of achievements or skill sets. Many of us don’t know several facts of our own history, culture, faith systems, reasons for our rituals or customs and even our own family history.
Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned. ~Mark Twain
You may ask why it is important to know these. Why is such information necessary? You do not need to know how a car engine works to drive a car or know the cultural history of the Doctor you visit to diagnose your ailment. Well the simple answer is because if you know better you will react better and experience a highly enhanced interaction or relationship that will possibly lead to greater future. In the case of these examples, you may realize the full extent of the power of the vehicle you are driving and its capabilities that will enable you to enjoy a highly enhanced driving experience using the full potential of the car. Likewise, if you are aware of the rich culture your Doctor comes from you may take greater comfort in his opinion as he may have come from a country with a much larger population where he must have had extensive experiences with a larger spectrum of different health problems. Hence his diagnosis may be lot more accurate based on his exposure and experience.
Although our world has progressed rapidly into cities of multiple cultures and sub cultures with daily interdependent interactions with a different kinds of people of varied knowledge base, our fundamental educational systems and formal transferable knowledge material hasn’t evolved. At schools the young minds who will step into this global culture at their door step are still bombarded with carefully constructed curriculum and often biased information that confines their minds and exposure to nationalistic concepts, over glorifies intensive internal history, and biased and very limited foreign and external knowledge. We are further bombarded with biased and self focused news and messages by the media with very little information of fact based and true knowledge of global affairs and external factors that truly affect us on a daily basis and absolutely will change our future world. And this is the same in every country all over the world. The same fundamental teaching exists in every religion as well. Information is extremely internally focused and biased with very little, if not all negative, knowledge is shared about other religions. Yet each of them speaks of humanity, peace, love and coexistence. Knowledge and educational systems have not evolved to keep up with the global villages we all live in today. And this will severely limit and damage the progress of our developing world and future. History and facts prove that every different culture, faith systems and race have contributed enormously to the development of the world we know today. Greeks, Arabs, Romans, Egyptians, Chinese, Indian and several other countries have provided several major and vital inventions and discoveries that have helped our world develop and progress. But not many adults or children are provided with this fact based and unbiased information that expands the knowledge and much needed respect for today’s world and progressive future.
Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing. ~Thomas Huxley
So, what can we do as individuals to progress in this shrinking world of ours where we continue to share, depend and learn from different cultures?
Learn! Take the initiative to learn unbiased fact and history about the things. Learn about the true and fact based history of your respective religions, you will soon learn that there are lot more similarities and almost identical beliefs and values about good and bad in all faith systems but the religions heads over time have created the prejudice and differences that pits one man against other. Learn about your country’s history indeed, but use rational thinking and proven facts to cut through the glory of war. Educate yourself about the facts on other countries and their true culture, history and achievements as opposed to believing the biased information fed by the media. Learn about the history of the company you work for. Learn about the wonderful features of the mobile phones you are using on a daily basis. Learn facts about different cultures, foods, history, and all the wonderful things each one of them have and embrace them. The time of paradigm shifts have come and gone, and age old systems and ideologies have been rapidly evolving. We can no longer afford to stand against the force of change and progress.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. ~Henry Ford
Your mobile browser or your computer is now at your finger tips. The endless world of knowledge sits right in your palms in full color, and sound with unthinkable speed. Use it to learn and get educated and progress. You can no longer hide within your ignorance and false pride or arrogance. Progressive development is the only road to our future. You scoffed at the age old stories and wisdom of your parents and the next generation will prove you wrong. You tell a kid to day to eat their vegetables and be ready to get tutored on the wisdom they posses via their web browser on why vegetables is not really necessary for good health. If you aren’t better informed you have no case to argue your point.
The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr – Prophet Mohammed