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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