i've been back to university lately, listening to lectures about "culture", "the soul" and "the idea of man" - all well prepared for an open wider audience of elderly people who - like me - are dried out of intellectual inspiration by their every day life of pre- or post-labour force existence.
and while i find it odd to sit into the uncomofrtable, wooden benches of lecture rooms again, slightly embarassed to look for knowledge about things i should have compensated with life experience already more than enough, i do feel a jolt of joy about these places still existing, still fighting the budget fight against all things utilitarian, and winning not only me, but everyone's acclaim who visits there.
maybe the overarching truth about humans is not that they can produce, form and exploit nature to be the superior species in the wider vicinity of this stellar corner of the milky way, maybe it's that in accordance to survive, we MUST use discipline and intelligence, we are forced to develop strategies, techniques and understanding of fundamental principles, no matter what those aliens or all the the other creatures surrounding us do... and survive with.
human discipline is not to stand straight for hours against some instructor spitting orders into your unmoving face... human discipline is never giving up on wanting to know.
I agree with you, when you stop wanting to learn (and know) you might be ready to go.... :)
Indeed; I couldn't agree more - without curiosity what would we ever be. Btw, I would like to meet the person whose life experience has compensated for knowledge of everything - I doubt that person exists so maybe you are being a little hard on yourself... surely that's everyone else's job :-)
yes this is true. and it takes work these days for me sadly. well it is no work to want to know, it is work to get past that point at the end of my toddler filled exhausting day. and then i think, well they are teaching me so much about life, how lucky am i? and i find some energy again.
good for you for furthering your knowledge. i miss university to be honest.