I was sitting in a friend’s study the other day, and noticed that he had hundreds of books I’d never read. … It reminded me of how much is out there, just waiting for us to explore and understand. We have a chance to learn and move forward if we care to.*
A fundamental belief we have is that ‘nothing changes in the absence of tension’.**
A few of things about learning:
It’s strange, the more we learn, the greater our realisation of what we do not know.
Learning begets tension begets change begets creativity.
We don’t throw out everything we know when we learn something new. It grows and builds, asking what will we do with that?
We need to allow ourselves to pursue hunches, to discover … nonobvious relationships between new information and information already in our memory. … we need to give ourselves time to make new images and move them around inside our heads, and on paper, in new arrangements.^
Best of all, learning changes us, and the good news is, there’s nothing to stop us from learning all the days of our lives (whatever our gender):
Old men ought to be explorers
Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity …^^
*From Seth Godin’s blog: Books unread;
**From gapingvoid’s blog: Change sucks, or does it?;
^From Peter Turchi’s A Muse and a Maze;
^^T. S. Eliot, quoted in Peter Turchi’s A Muse and a Maze.