Let’s just get this out right from the start so that no body is crying at the end. We are ALL ignorant people in a lot of areas. There. That wasn’t so bad, was it?
But I want to talk about those who are “willing ignorant” 2 Pet 3:5
You and I have every opportunity to learn.
Knowledge is readily available; most for cheap or FREE. What used to be available only in the best and most expensive universities, is now available online or in inexpensive books.
Where do the brightest minds put their best ideas? In books or blogs, in articles or on Youtube. You and I can learn from the brightest people all over the world for almost no financial cost, all while we are sitting at home in our underwear.(You can still wear clothes if you want.)
And yet what are most people doing with themselves? Being willingly ignorant. Not because they can’t learn, but because they won’t. Like an animal starving to death, surrounded by limitless, delicious and nutritious food.
“On the brink of an ocean of life and truth we are miserably dying. Sometimes we are furthest away when we are closest by. We stand on the brink of an ocean of power, but each must take the steps that would bring him there.”
TS Eliot wisely wrote,
“Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”
We can learn languages, skills, and new information as we please. Self discipline is all that is required to learn and grow in this wonderful time in the history of the world.
With this treasure of truth readily available at our fingertips, how many great books have you read in the last 90 days?
How are you using your time?
Unfortunately for them, most people are
“willing to change their circumstances, but unwilling to change themselves.”
Until we recognize our own ignorance, and exercise the discipline to stick to a consistent learning routine, then little will change for us.
So how do we start learning?
First, commit to become a life-long learner. There is never a graduation from education. Never allow your ‘inner-liar’ to convince you that you ‘got your education’ or that you are already ‘educated.’
Next, start building a huge personal library and set aside time every day for study. I am working on a growing list of over 1000 books and I get up everyday around 4 am to study. (I know! Crazy, huh. But I love the quiet peace of the early morning and I have a huge list of books to read.)
That’s it. Simple. But you’ll be amazed at how quickly it will begin to alter your life for the better.
A bonus thought about conventional schooling.
Though I do have a degree from a good university, my personal preference is to learn from professionals, vs. professors. There is a huge difference between practice and theory. (Obviously, some few professors are AMAZING.)
So much of what happens in Cog-lege is not education at all. They (colleges) are doing what they have to do to make a profit, and to conform to the regulations of the Cog-master. (i.e. ‘Big Brother’ 😉 ) These institutions are in the very lucrative business of producing cogs for all the factories in society.
That presents two great disadvantages.
1 They are more worried about their bottom line than your education.
And 2, They are producing cogs. That is not what you want to become!
It’s the old 80/20 rule again. 20% of what is happening will produce 80% of the results–education. The other 80%, or more, of what they are doing is just so that they can stay in business and so that they can conform to the dictator. Yes dictator. He mandates what will be force-fed to each of the little coglings.
I’m not really that hard-core, but there are some SERIOUS flaws in the government school system.
Let’s take charge of our own education starting NOW!