Project 313 – Post No. 057

A few days ago I wrote about knowledge in relation to wisdom and intelligence.

Learning is somewhat related to knowledge. I say somewhat because occasionally people know something but don’t learn from it. Some — way too many, in my opinion — outright reject knowledge. Some make up their own “knowledge” out of whole cloth and insist others respect it.  

But, back to learning . . . there are people who fault our education system for failing to teach. Rather, to successfully teach. Perhaps there’s some truth to that, but I don’t know. I do know there are lots of different opinions out there. As a simple man, I too have opinions. I don’t have kids and I don’t have a degree in education and I’ve never (formally) taught anyone anything and that means no one should put any stock in what I think. 

But, I was a kid. Not only that, in the last fifty years I’ve lived through an unimaginable amount of change. Socially, politically, technologically, and any other -lly sphere of human existence you care to throw in there. 

Because of it, I think I know something about learning. Specifically, two things . . . learning is difficult and you have to want to learn. 

It’s my opinion that most people are lazy when it comes to learning. In fact, present almost anyone with something new and the first words out of their mouths are something like “it’s too hard” which leads to “I’m not interested” and morphs into “I don’t need to know that”.

The excuse that annoys me the most is “I don’t need to know that”.

How the hell do you know what you’ll need to know? Think of life as a quiz game . . . when the question is asked, you don’t have the luxury to research the answer because while you do that, someone else is ringing in the buzzard, scoring points, and will eventually claim whatever prizes are to be won. 

But, even if someone doesn’t want to compete, why aren’t they curious about the world that surrounds them? What’s the downside of learning new things? Are people afraid they might like something new? Something interesting? Something that will expand their horizons?

Yes; it’s fear. Learning is not only hard, but it’s dangerous. It challenges your understanding of the world, of other people, of yourself. Ask any politician (or religious leader) . . . they don’t want smart people challenging what they say. In that regard, many people are like politicians . . . they don’t want to hear anything that challenges their agenda. “What’s their agenda,” you ask? 

It’s been said ignorance is bliss . . . I think way too many people take that to heart. Of course, they get incensed if anyone rephrases the condition as dumb and happy. 

And now, the photo:

Project 313 057

That’s a quilting project Melisa is working on. This was at the “setting up stage” and I pumped up the colors a bit. I like the variation in colors. Also, I thought I might be able to use the photo for when I play with Deep Dream.

I should probably do a post about the various quilts and projects that she’s completed. Soon, maybe. 

Speaking of learning, imagine if your doctor resisted learning “new stuff.”

I could do a whole post on medical quackery (a.k..a. alternative medicine). But, what’s the use? Most people who readily accept alternative medicine are not stupid. Some of them are very smart . . . but not very wise.  

I would say that’s sad, but I’ve grown distant from feeling sorry for anyone other than kids whose parents embrace alternative medicine. The kids have no say in the matter and are the one suffering the consequences of ignorance. The adults? Like I said . . . I have a difficult time mustering sympathy. I might feel a bit . . . no; no I don’t. 

As for today’s doodle, I came across this one buried in a folder from some time ago. 

It had no title, so I chose . . . The Eyes That See.  I hope to eventually be able to draw better faces . . . probably not soon at my current pace of progress.

The Eyes That See

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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13 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 057

  1. Learning stuff is a chore. Best form of teaching is to provide inspiration and to provide a signpost service.


    • disperser says:

      Inspiration or incentives? I ask because there’s plenty of inspiration to go around . . . literally thousands of years worth of inspirations from all corners of our spherical world and covering any and all possible areas of interest.

      Come to think of it, there are already lots of incentives. Perhaps what’s needed is motivation . . . but for that, you need to inspire . . . it’s a vicious circle, I tell you.

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  2. Debbie says:

    I agree. Learning is “work” even when it’s something you really want to know. You have to incorporate new stuff into your being. Learning changes who you are.
    I agree it’s not just laziness but also fear – fear of the unknown and of where it might take you. But what you don’t know CAN hurt you.
    As the saying goes, the more you know the more you realize how much you don’t know. That might make some people uneasy.


    • disperser says:

      Imagine knowledge as a circular area . . . you know everything within it and don’t know anything outside of it. The boundary, the circumference of the circle, represents your awareness of what you don’t know.

      If your circle is small, you’re right to assume there’s not much more to know; the periphery, after all, is small. As you increase knowledge (the area of the circle) the periphery (circumference) also increases.

      It really does mean that the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know . . . because the larger the circle of knowledge, the bigger the circumference or ignorance.

      So, paradoxically, the way to feel very smart is to not know much. The more ignorant the person, the more confidence they have in what little they do know.

      My personal belief is that every religion is based on this little mental sleight-of-hand. That’s why all the religions caution you against questioning things and are especially against learning; they teach that there’s nothing beyond the edge of the circle and they each define their own circle.

      Sadly, the same approach is employed in politics and the workings of every group, large or small.

      What made us successful as a species — group identity and cooperation — is now used against our continued progress. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with group identity and cooperation . . . the problem comes in when people invent their own groups as opposed to realizing there really is only one group.


  3. I love to learn. Even when it is hard, I keep trying. And I love to teach people who want to learn. I always tried to make learning fun and interesting. And as a teacher I was a good at encouraging my students…kids and adults.
    People who stay in their ignorance by choice or who are apathetic bother me.

    PHOTO: OOH! Love the quilt! Great job, Melisa! I’ve made a few quilts…one was handmade/hand stitched and the others I made on a sewing machine.
    CARTOON: True dat!
    DOODLE: “My what big eyes you have!” “The better to see you with!”

    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      That quilt and another one that she is working on is almost all by hand. Many Hawaiian quilts are done by hand and that’s what she’s trying right now.

      As for choosing to be ignorant . . . it used to bother me. It still can if it’s someone I care about. One of the reasons I don’t typically get too friendly with certain people (people with strong religious, political, or social convictions).

      Thanks, Carolyn and hope your weekend is going well.

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      • I admire what Melisa is doing! :-)
        My first and only handmade quilt was the size of a full size bed. I should have started with something simpler and smaller like a pot-holder (HA!) or a table runner or a crib sized quilt. :-)

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  4. I prefer the medical treatment I’ve received, to hell with that alternative rubbish. I’d have been dead long ago, had I have gone for that stuff, no worries.
    As you know I’m not into this learning business either, ignorance is bliss, thats why I check out all your posts, Ha!


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