When I was very young, the school system informed my parents that I was a "slow learner." As I grew older, they said just the opposite. I really wasn't doing anything different, so which categorization was more correct?
Surprise, surprise, they were dead wrong both times. No, in fact it's obvious that I'm a non
-learner. I can prove this. How many opportunities have I had today for learning. Dozens? Hundreds? Now multiply that by the number of days that I've been alive. And how many experiences have I actually learned
from? You see my point.
But wouldn't it be great if I could
be a slow learner. If all of my experiences gradually improved my awareness and my character. If listening to someone's beliefs was never a waste of time. If I viewed learning as a process rather than a goal. If I always sought perfection but could be pleased with mere progress.
If I could be a SlowLearner
, that would also imply that I:
- Remember the things I've learned and integrate them into my actions
- Have patience to devote the time necessary to really learn a subject
- Seek out the experts on a subject and absorb everything I can from them
- Find value in many different sources
- Am not afraid of being called slow, freeing me to learn subjects that don't fall within my natural talents
- Accept advice graciously
- Take time to understand another viewpoint whether or not I agree with it
- Am better able to help others learn; I'd be more aware of the steps of the learning process
Of course, there's such a thing as being too slow. Look how many years it took me to realize that I want to try to be a SlowLearner
. Hey, I might be
one by now if I'd realized this sooner! Oh wait, it's not about being, it's about becoming, isn't it :)
Or could it be about being, and becoming is describing an expectation?
is also a book by ThomasPynchon
. ISBN 0316724432
Cool! I had no idea. Upon investigation of this book, one quote from the Introduction struck me in particular:
- "Do not underestimate the shallowness of my understanding."
There is also value in forgetting.