Our minds should be open to education. Weather it is learning how to change the channels on our T.V., picking up a new instrument, or finally learning a little bit of math, education is what allows us to apply our experience to our lives. An old person should not be discarded because they have the experience of a live time and a young person should not be ignored because they are closer to their education. We need to embrace both. We cannot fall into some elder years hubristic trap.
Monday, July 12, 2010
The trajectory of our civilization has always been towards increasing complexity and specialization and there is no reason to believe that is changing now. It is generally unwise to value what you used to know more than what you are currently required to learn; they are of the same value. We can't expect to only learn during the first 20 or so years of our lives and then coast on "experience" until we die. The value of experience only carries you to the point where it can further your education. Education is only helpful if it allows you to expand and attain experience. They are connected and dialectical.