Do people stagnate with fixed notions in life?
October 1, 2011 12:09pm CST
Formal education, addition of degrees, distance learning and many more ways people try to enlarge their qualification list. But is formal education the be all and end all in life? What about learning many other lessons especially to enahance behavioral aspects & cope with life? It is my observation that people refuse to add learning to better their lives due to mental barriers like ego, indifference, brashness or superiority complex. Such people fail to enhance their existential standards or fail to achieve higher ordre of accomplishment. What is your view on the essence of growth in wisdom through open mind for new things in life. Ancient saying goes: Let noble thoughts come to us from every where. Do you relate to this? Have you any other wisdom quote or thought to share?
1 Oct 11
hiya Pushhyarag! welcome to the wonderful world of myLot dear sir good topic of discussion there.... well, in my humble opinion, i do not think that formal education is the proverbial 'be all and end all in life'. as you have also fairly stated about the many other lessons that we need to learn. be it to enhance aspects of our own behavior or to gain skills at coping with the day-today aspects of life. unfortunately, the education system and the influence of parents upon their children play a huge role in the perceived standards that society has made the norm. education systems in most countries across the world tend to be akin to a 'one-shoe-fits-all' situation. where the education system implemented by governments are meant to cover the needs of a majority of the citizens within. and there lies the crucial mistake. it is the government that tries to implement a system that it assumes is best for its citizens, and not encourage the people to explore what would be best for each and everyone of them by providing learning opportunities and advice where needed. sure, there are those within today's society that need to be told what needs to be done, but then again, at the pace that today's generation is learning new things, each and everyone of us do have this feeling that there is something more out there that we could learn and explore. but we don't. why? because of another factor, which is the simple fact that in most cases, what is not the norm in the local society would be considered taboo and most probably frowned upon, hence the desire to go forth and learn is repressed instead of encouraged. it is for this same reason that i feel that a lot of adults and young adults are the way they are today. the freedom to explore and learn wasn't really encouraged during their respective early learning years. of course it is debatable that the education system of 20, 30 or even 50 years ago was adequate enough to instill the necessary skills within the person for them to grow and mature to face the challenges of the world that they were in. but that was then, and this is now.. the evolution of the world has necessitate the growth of multiple mediums of communication. from this multiple mediums of communication come multiple ways of information being created, disseminated and consumed by each of us individuals. if we are not taught at how to handle this deluge of information properly, then it is inevitable that we would experience an information overload....which would then make us of no use for anything or anyone. it is said in a presentation that i've seen that the lessons learned by an undergraduate studying Computer Science in the first year, would probably be outdated by his 3rd or 4th year of study. and this is an unfortunate truth that we have to deal with today... but how do we deal with that? i do not know how nor do i claim to know of anyone who may have the answers to that.. the best that we can do, is to provide opportunities for people to learn, and also to provide avenues for advice when advice is sought. this would then enable people to grow at their own pace, experience what they need to experience, and learn from those experiences...and this could most probably make us more better equipped at dealing with situations in the 21st century. mental barriers like ego, indifference, brashness or superiority complex as you have pointed out, in my opinion, stems from the fact that all humans have an ego...and this ego within sometimes determines our actions on the outside. it is also this ego which can drive us or even bring us down. there are those that assume that they know it all, and would defend it whole-heartedly even when they are pointed out to be in the wrong. there are not many ways to counter this other than to experience the hard lessons in life itself. not everyone should grow up in a proverbial cocoon where they are shielded and kept away from the realities of the world. and by no means should they be encouraged to get involved with the negativities in the world, but they should be made aware of it, and informed of the different consequences for unbecoming behavior and so on. to summarize it, i'd say that opportunities to learn....that is what we don't have enough of. whether it be formal learning opportunities or otherwise, we should all be aware of what is available out there for us, and grab those opportunities, and learn and experience and be humble....and always to keep an open mind that our opinions may not always be the right one, because they are just that...personal opinions, which we are entitled to and others are entitled to their opinions too... cheers...and Happy myLotting!
1 Oct 11
Hi Mario, What a stimulating welcome response to a new entrant to this wonderful world of myLot! I'm indeed overwhelmed by such a thoughtful & profound response to this discussion. I find this quite redeeming & am delighted to be in such good company. I hope every one at myLot crosses this thread sometime and takes time to read this wonderful and comprehensive response written with such aplomb. I am convinced I have a new place for intellectual stimulation. Cheers.
1 Oct 11
thanks Pushhyarag for your kind words! there are times when myLot users respond in depth when the topic of discussion is something that they are well-versed in, passionate about, or even wanting to learn more of. but then again, just like society at large, there are also those who tend to shy away from displaying their real thoughts on any given subject. give them time and the opportunity. with the right thought-provoking titles and discussion topics, i'm sure you would encounter more and more users who too enjoy good intellectual discourses with one such as your kindself.. once again, welcome to myLot dear sir
2 Oct 11
Learning s not limited to study in formal school and the most important lesson is the school of life. what we learn is simply theoretical we could not apply them outside but t only helps a lot. the real school of learning s the experience. we may get lot of degree but it become useless if they do not know how to use it properly. education is nothing if the person is not using it to benefit himself and do not know to share his wisdom with other. it only becomes a decoration.
2 Oct 11
Some people love to learn even when they have graduated from college. Some people just take the course for their own reasons. It is a personal choice whether anybody would allow himself or herself to stagnate. I observed that since my great grandfather is fond of learning he never grow senile even if he reach almost 100 years old. On the other hand my great grandmother lose interest in the things around her so she grew a bit senile when she reach her 80s. It is a matter of being excited about learning. It is our personal decision.