Learning to unlearn is the highest form of learning. ~ Buddhist proverb
At its very core, education is an innate expression of curiosity; a longing to understand and be part of the world; a manifestation of purpose and passion that every person carries within them. ~ Carey Elizabeth Smith, Co-Director of the Body Therapy Institute*
I’ve been troubled lately with the question “How do we learn?” I don’t mean specifically how kids learn in school, or how adults learn at a new job position… I’m rather curious how do we learn anything in general!
The Olympics are here, the Olympics are here!
I didn’t get much excited about the Olympics in Vancouver until they were brought in my face a day before the official start. I was one of those people that were more worried about the impact to the everyday life with all the announced road closures, anticipated police presence, etc. I was even not going to buy a ticket and attend any of the competitions until I decided it might be unfair to my older daughter not to give her an opportunity to experience the time when the world came to her city — so I caved in and bought tickets for a women’s hockey game!
The tickets still didn’t make me budge too much from my position of a begrudged Vancouverite worried about the impact from all those people coming into town. What slammed me in face and made me wake-up to the grandeur of the event was when I faced the torch! It took a symbol to make my heart warm up to the Olympics and identify with the hundreds of thousands of people around the city that were cherishing the upcoming days when nothing else will be more important than the Games! I couldn’t believe it. I like to think that I am a rational person that prefers to “use his brain over his heart” in most matters involving other people outside my family. However, symbolism have managed to overpower my conscious parts of the brain and unleash some of the older unconscious circuits to take over. It was like flying with an auto-pilot — the next thing I know was that I had a Canada flag on my car!
I didn’t plan to post again something related to religion, but after reading about the pope’s commandment to priests to go forth and blog I can’t shake this picture I have in my head.
Imagine in today’s world of blogs, twitters and facebooks God keeping up with the technology and using it as communication means. For one thing, it’ll surely overwhelm those services by the number of people tracking or connected to Him (or Her?) — Ashton Kutcher would eat the dirt behind Him on Twitter! Secondly, God would likely prefer to be able to address each of his followers with personalized messages, so I can imagine Twitter developers dropping everything and dedicating the next sprints to deliver new features specifically for Him in a truly agile fashion.
Last night I watched an MSNBC video on Youtube that ran the silliest creationist vs. atheist news I ever heard about. Apparently, 7 US states ban people who do not believe in god from positions in the state government?! North Carolina recently got a new councilman and he swore using the words “solemn acclamation” instead of “so help me god” Well, this got him into trouble as the NC state law forbids atheists from entering council?!
It’s interesting what this law represents for non-christian candidates … after all, they do believe in some sort of god (whether almighty or not).
To make things even more unbelievable, similar kinds of laws exist in 7 US states.