Wednesday, June 15, 2005

When did people forget how to learn?

Every few years, I decide take on a new interest: organic gardening, computer proficiency, etc., and each time I do, I seek to know as much about the subject as possible. I read books, question people who are already proficient, take classes. Then, when I learn how to do something reasonably well, people say things to me like "Oh, you know so much about it" or "I don't know enough to do that" or "well, I can't do that--I don't know how."

But, I tell them, I didn't know how, either. I learned how. They then tend to change the subject.

It doesn't take much effort at all to learn how to do some things well, and not learning can result in terrible consequences. What has happened to our culture that the simple process of finding out what something means or how to do something correctly is avoided by so many people? Not having Internet access is no excuse; I did pretty well when I relied on the local library or bookstore.

Is it a time problem? Is everyone so busy that s/he can no longer afford to learn something new?

Is it laziness?

Or is the entire skill of learning something we have forgotten?


I don't think it's a case of having forgotten so much as a case of having never learned how.

You need to be in school to learn stuff, don't you?

I could write a long long rant on this subject, but I will spare you.

By Blogger drublood, at 4:35 PM  

I thought about that, but it seems that many of the people I hear this from do know how; they just don't do it. But, as you say, there are thousands who never learned how.

By Blogger Diane, at 5:17 PM  

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By Blogger Sour Duck, at 8:03 PM  

Being ignorant is easier, so I'd guess laziness. There's also the distractions like TV and video games, music, etc. That takes up most people's spare time.

Sad, isn't it?

I know few people who actually take time to even read a book.

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