May 21, 2011
I frequently write about learning, but this time I want to address the question of when and how it is best to un-learn. Sometimes, it is simply necessary to un-learn something to be able to make progress with real learning.
I'm especially speaking to those of us who saw and knew things which (according to peers and grown-ups) we were "not supposed to". I'm talking about invisible friends, angels, voices, and bits of knowledge that nobody else seemed to know about or understand. When the other kids found out, they'd ridicule you. Grown-ups would at least tell you that you're "too big" for such things, and some parents and teachers might even threaten you with what would happen to you if you kept on with that. But deities, spirits and other such entities (the good ones, anyway) can become silent if they feel that they are getting you into trouble. And so, it's been a long time since you've heard from them, hasn't it?
And, of course, there are the others whose visions were not ridiculed. Did someone have a dream of flying into outer space? Did someone once envision having a "machine" he could fit onto a small table and could use it to communicate with people all over the world? And what of those whose visions were more spiritual? I recently read the story of one such young boy and how he grew up.
But for most of us, it's been years since we've allowed such things to happen. Can we bring them back? Can we at least start up again? Let's see!