Learning and Life

It would be great if we knew everything when we are born and then live our life with full knowledge. We would never make mistakes. We would understand everything and everything will go smoothly.

But alas! that is not reality. We are not provided with any manual. We learn through trial and error, from books, from our parents, teachers and our environment and that shapes our views and philosophy about life and its many aspects.

That is fine. That is inevitable. But often, we just go through the motions and accept whatever is told to us. We do not try to understand why we do things the way we do and why we think the way we think. That is sometimes okay, if the way is correct and helpful to improve our lives.

We all know how to switch on a light. But we do not know what exactly happens when we switch on and the light comes on. As long as the light switches on, it is okay. When the light does not switch on when we put on the switch, we change the bulb. If, despite changing the bulb, the light does not switch on, we ask an electrician to help. But if you knew how the switch makes the light comes on and the light does not come on, then you do not need to ask somebody, you can try to solve the problem yourself from first principles. You really have some knowledge about how the light switches on. You will also gain knowledge about which wires are good, which bulbs are good and which switches are good.

Not only for putting on a bulb or driving a car, but also for more important things like your health, how to invest, how to parent , how to develop relationships, how to meditate, how to deal with loss…etc.

You can go through life without knowing all the details, but trying to know the details gives you more control and fulfillment. Understanding why things happen helps you to tweak them and improve them and gives you knowledge and wisdom.

Is not learning important now? Yes we can never exhaust learning, but each thing that we learn can help us evolve.

I do not know what I may seem to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean. – Issac Newton