"Every man (person) is my teacher in that I may learn from him (them)."

@mentalward (14697)
United States
June 3, 2008 2:09am CST
Such a simple statement, yet so powerful! How do you feel about it? I saw it many years ago on some TV show featuring a man with Down Syndrome. He had it on his wall. It made such an impact on my life that I haven't forgotten it to this day. We can all learn from each and every person because everyone has something unique to offer. The most severely mentally challenged, the tiniest preemie, the oldest human on earth; each contributes something to our world. That statement made me see every single human being in a new perspective, and my life is better because of it. Have you ever learned something you never thought you would from a most unexpected source?
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8 responses
• United States
3 Jun 08
This is one of life's lesson I try to instill in my children. It is one my mother lived by, and she passed it on to me. I know there is so much out there available for me to learn, and each person I encounter has a portion of that. I can only obtain this portion if I allow myself to learn from anyone, and anything!!
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Well put! I have done the same with my children. I hope our children will carry on the tradition. Take care!
• United States
6 Jun 08
So do I. They are still young, so its hard to say. But our philosophy(we are home schoolers) is that the world is our classroom. So its how they are being taught to learn. I'm sure they will carry it on:)
@selece (2357)
• Philippines
4 Jun 08
I strongly agree. I lived my life learning from other people. Everything I do, the way I think and act came form different people. Starting from my parents and sister, my relatives and friends, even my enemies in the past, and everyone I meet or get to know... That is the reason why I came to love other people's thoughts and insights. I learn a lot from people, and here in myLot, each and every individual here is unique and has his/her own way of thinking. We can learn from other people and these people can learn from us too. It is a beautiful "give and take" relationship between every individual.
@selece (2357)
• Philippines
22 Jun 08
Wow... Didn't notice right away... Thank you for the best response! Now my day got brightened up too. Hehe. Thank you so much.
• India
3 Jun 08
This is true.There can be three types of learning.One is you learn from your own or others' mistakes.The second is you learn from other people positively-their attitudes,knowledge etc.The third type is when you observe certain people and learn how not to be like them.Even that is learning.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Very true! It is amazing how many ways there are to learn from others if we just stop and think about it. Good response! Thank you.
@Erratic (724)
• Australia
3 Jun 08
Too true. My source of learning of late that was totally unexpected because I had not heard of it before now is myLot. You can find discussions on eveything and the knowledge that most show is incredible.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
4 Jun 08
Yes! I'm so glad I found myLot! There is so much we can learn from each other. This is such a wonderful place.
@Cannonball (3636)
• France
4 Sep 08
I have to admit it's very good one,we can learn from everything happiness and pain
@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
6 Jun 08
Hi There, There is an awful lot of truth in that statement. There is no question that something can be learned from every person in the world. Whether it be skills, ideas or emotions, people have a way of teaching and inspiring others. I also believe that we often learn what not to do by others. I would prefer to focus on the positive, but either way we are still learning. cheers,
@chechuva (1276)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
i too believe that we'll learn from all the person we meet. it could be good and would benefit us but also to the worst that it influence us wrong traits or character.
@smallT (376)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Yes, we can learn from anyone. Everyone is different with their own unique history or "herstory". I've learned to accept each person as they are and treat everyone with respect.