Little Joys Ch.42

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 11th, 2020

Discovering new ideas, connecting with others through knowledge and shared experiences, shifting your perception to incorporate the concepts brought forth from another human beings life.

All these are the bedrock of developing wisdom, expanding your mind and coming to better, more open minded conclusions about the nature of our reality here on Earth.

The internet can be a cesspool of misinformation and foolishness, but it can also be a tool anyone can use to pull themselves out of ignorance and help you on the path to wisdom and a new view of the world.

There are a host of websites out there offering some pretty cool courses on hundreds of subjects. One of those is skillshare, which I have had the delight to come across recently, and I have spent the day deep diving into different peoples workshops and hearing about their ideas over a variety of topics.

There is always something new to learn, a new way to view an old idea, a different perspective to incorporate into your own.

Remember, it is truly about the journey, and all the fun tidbits you learn along the way, that makes this life have meaning and beauty, even in the darkest of times.

Stay healthy, and let your geek freak fly free.

Words worth hearing Vol:8 Education, wonder and creativity

Wonder, that immense feeling of connection we feel when we come upon something suddenly that touches us in a way we simply cannot express in words is a profoundly healing experience.

It is an experience that many schools and places of learning have destroyed in our society. Some few places remain faithful to their creed to expand the minds of the youths under their care, but for most, it has become simply an administration that needs to pump out B and As to look good in the hopes of getting more prestige and money.

It is our generations task to rekindle that spirit of awe and inspire a new journey of discovery in a world that has been built up to put out the fire that we all hold as children.

 

When longing dies, creativity ceases. The arduous task of being a human is to balance longing and belonging so that they work with and against each other to ensure that all the potential and gifts that sleep in the clay of the heart may be awakened and realized in this one life.

-John O’donohue

To the degree that one is able to approach learning as a task of discovering something rather than “learning about” it, to that degree there will be a tendency for the child to work with the autonomy of self-reward,or, more properly, be rewarded by discovery itself.

-Jerome Bruner

 

 

Wisdom comes with patience

Information without context is simply gibberish.

You need to be able to see the full picture, understand the connections between disparate facts so you can begin to piece together a deeper meaning to a subject.

Simply reading an article, or seeing a picture with a line or two does not give you the proper knowledge to really understand what’s happening in a situation.

Wisdom is attained when we can hold ourselves back from frivolous statements and take the time and effort to really learn about something, sit back and ponder it all, engage with others in meaningful debate to further our understanding, both internally and externally, and then come to a more complete answer about whatever it is we are thinking about.