While watching a TV program the other night I heard on of the panelist remarked, “It’s what you think that you know that will prevent you from learning.”
Instantly I grabbed my notepad and jotted down the comment because it sounded like ancient wisdom passed down through the ages.
I keep a notepad and pen on the shelf beside my chair just so I can capture these nuggets of wisdom that present themselves to me. I liken it to a boy and a butterfly net, ever ready to capture the next winged beauty that flies past.
Just the thought that you know something can prevent you from further knowledge. Some folks stop learning when they think they know it (all). Others understand learning to be a continual process and not a final one.
John Adams, this country’s second president, knew the wonders of the night sky to be the gifts of God, expressions of God’s love. But the greatest of all, he wrote, was the gift of an inquiring mind. He wrote this at age 20.
But all the provisions that He has made for the gratification of our senses…are much inferior to the provision, the wonderful provision that He has made for the gratification of our nobler powers of intelligence and reason. He has given us reason to find out the truth, and the real design and true end of our existence.
So what have you learned? So what are you learning?