Skip to Navigation

Organised learning tends to be directed at the young, we generally think that they are who education is for.

Notwithstanding that we have ‘lifelong learning’, and that many of us actively pursue it into later life, the education system is designed for people starting out in life, and it is a supply system.

Learning, on the other hand, is about what we absorb and the the importance we attach to it in our lives. It can (and should), happen at any age, and it  starts with an attitude of willingness and openness which becomes gradually more elusive as we progress through our lives.

In other words, the older we get the more set we become in our attitudes and the more closed our thinking becomes. Children learn without trying, the rest of us have to put some effort in. Study time is wasted when the people have with fixed opinions about things, and the best students are the ones who haven’t already been trained how to think in set ways.

Personal growth and our development as individuals and communities relies on our our capacity for understanding that, in order to learn and hopefully one day develop wisdom, we have to actively cultivate open-mindedness in ourselves. Being able to reflect on and modestly review that which we ‘know’ is a personal decision, but it doesn’t necessarily come naturally or easily.

Being open to learning means being prepared to make oneself vulnerable to the fear of uncertainty, to risk ‘not knowing’.

What do you think? Share your thoughts...

Latest from the blog

Extremism Is Easy, But There Are Other Shades

Extremism

We are naturally inclined to take up positions. Maybe it’s a bit extreme to say we are natural extremists, but being wholly for or against something, in a complex and shifting world, also seems extreme.

Continue reading

Choosing Between Difference and Similarity (or Anything Else)

Difference is important, sometimes. But it can lead us to overlook shared interests, common goals and loads of things that psudo-science calls ‘stuff’.

Have fun with your language this weekend. Let me know how it goes.

Continue reading

Christmas Survival Reminder

Christmas survival

Christmas should be fun, but it’s easy to get swept up in ‘Xmas traction’, and lose sight of the things you value most about it. If you celebrate Christmas, here’s how to keep it in perspective, so you don’t lose track!

Continue reading
FREE DOWNLOAD - Get it now.

How to be more Resilient

Get my super-helpful guide '9 Steps to Resilience' absolutely FREE, when you subscribe to my newsletter.

Understand the steps to resilience and you can develop the ability to cope with problems and setbacks with less stress and more confidence.
close-link
%d bloggers like this: