Monday, 2 May 2011

Knowledge and Learning Check

    What do you know ? Have you ever been asked such an obvious question before, especially from an upset or a mocking friend? I had always thought the question insulting, especially, when it has the native language undertone, that never fails to lend the cutting edge.

    Do you really know something?
    I have found out something about myself that was quite disturbing at first; I am always eager to learn, and when I had learnt something new, I will not rest until someone else knows. This knowledge of myself brought me to a more distressing truth about many people around me; they know next to nothing and are not ready to know. I will like to be careful about this generalization. I guess my nature as a learning addict brought me in constant conflict with people who are kind of 'go-it-slowly-buddy'. While I admit saying my people know next to nothing is an overstatement, it is not an incomplete statement of truth that they are not ready to learn.

You might say that's your people, not me. Alright, let us see what you've got.
What do you know?
  1. There are many aspects to knowledge. The beginning , that is, the foundation of knowledge is the fear of God.
  2. Fear of God also has a genesis, 'the knowledge of God'.

Do you know God?
  1. While you may not know all there is about God, do you know aspects of God?
  2. Do you know His love , justice and mercies that endures forever? Do you know God in you?

Do you know man?
  1. The first among men you need to know is yourself.
Do you know yourself?
  1. Let us probe a little into how much of yourself you know:
  2. What is the meaning of your name? why are you named your name?
  3. How long can you be alone without being lonely?
  4. How fast can you move without being far from the crowd? How much can you own without being owned by things?
  5. How much success can you handle without losing your head?
  6. How much knowledge can you acquire without being puffed up?
  7. Why do you do all you do? What are the bases of your intentions?
  8. About others;
  9. How reliable do you think people's relationship with you is?

Who do you know?
  1. Are all the people you know people from your own group, cadre and caliber?
  2. If all the people you know are only people in your own world, you know but a few.
  3. I am not saying you should befriend everyone you come across, but I am saying be friendly will all you meet.  
  4. Can all people you have ever met , if need be, return to you, freely and comfortably?
  5. People you know or do not know will affect your life. It will either hasten or delay your manifestation.

How did you know?
  1. How you know what and who you know is as important as what and who you know. So , what are your sources of information? What do you know that make you know what and who you know? Let's have a look into this.
  2. Ways by which we learn and know.

As part of a learning process, I will like you to notice an often neglected avenue for knowledge: extrasensory perception.
  1. All of us have this indescribable sense of knowing, some call it the sixth sense.
  2. This means of learning is overtly recognized by mystics, and hardly explored by some .
  3. Our sense of perception , if not correctly guarded and guided can expose us to more than learning, to spirits, if you understand what I mean, but it is nonetheless very important.

We also know by meditation, thinking through on issues.
  1. It is important to note that many factors affect the product of our meditation. For example, our background knowledge on issues, our environment and our prejudices as sourced from our experience.
We learn by experience. One thing that is dangerous about learning by experience is it is highly potent to limit us in life if we learn a wrong lesson from a seemingly un-enjoyable experience.
We learn by our attitudes. It is easy to say we learn our attitudes, but what is more important is our learned attitudes learn for us or deter us from learning. This is where we have a mind for learning or not. This is where we either have a mind large as the sand on the seashore or a mind untapped , crude and unrefined.
  1. This, in the original sense, is where philosophy- love for wisdom, starts and grows.
  2. Attitudes are feelings or behaviors. Love is a feeling that manifests in behaviors, such is the case of love for wisdom, that is love for learning. Someone put it as "constantly developing allergic reaction to stupidity and ignorance".
  3. Let us check out these attitudes:

Observant. Observation is the father of discovery. Observe, you too can uncover something. Being on the lookout for odds and changes is being observant.
  1. What do you observe? People, yourself , things, nature, times and seasons, changes and trends.
  2. How you observe is continued as such attitudes a learner must have.

Listening ears. Listeners are learners. Listening lets you in on what others know that you might not. It is an easy and a cheap way to gather information.
  1. Many people are ready to talk, only few are ready to listen. So, if you can listen, there are more to hear than you are willing to listen to.
  2. When you listen, you do more than hear what is being said, you also learn people; for people's life cannot be hidden from their speech.

Questioning. I choose to prefer the word querying, whose twin homophone, quarrying, lends it a deeper meaning.
  1. People are like rocks, inside them are wealth and riches beyond their awareness or apparent look. Right query is like quarrying wealth from people. Questioning is like digging.
  2. If you have ever dug out something interesting and or valuable, you will agree there is a satisfaction that comes with it, such is the satisfaction that comes with answers to a rightly asked question.

Thoughtful. Many things will start to change in your life, learning apart, when you begin to think.
  1. Thinking allows you to process information . It also allows you to dig from within yourself, things you would not have thought resides within you.
  2. If you are impatient with people, thinking deeply will teach you patience. Thinking will make you a person of more than your own personality. Thinking will make you an empathizer. You do learn more as an empathizer.
  3. Thinking will bring you solutions you would have paid for , and these practical solutions will also include those for problems of people around you, or of the world at large.

Teachable . Everybody love teachable people, and I tell you, everybody has gotten some things to teach.
  1. Being teachable is equivalent to being like a child, and very few people don't like children.
  2. It is a humble spirit even God cannot resist. Humility makes others important and many people, when made important will teach what they might not be willing to teach.
  3. Teach-ability is seen in assuming a position of 'I can be wrong' or 'I might be standing on the wrong side of the argument'. Making people see this in you will open you up to streams of opinions.

Inquisitive. When you are inquisitive, I am not saying delving into people's privacy, you want to know. You automatically become a philosopher. You become observant , you listen , not for listening sake, but to learn. You begin to ask relevant questions, and you begin to inquire into yourself too.
  1. Being inquisitive, you learn more informally, even formal education.
  2. Being inquisitive is the primary quality all learners of the sort we have been discussing must have.
  3. When you become inquisitive and had add thoughtfulness as your caution, and being teachable your spirit, you will never stop learning.
  4. If you have always wanted to know and be bold to say you know, and still knowing, why not start learning now? And if you had started, keep making every moment count by learning.
  5. Just learn, when you have learnt something, learn more. Learn, learn and learn, for learning makes the difference.
  6. In the world of learners, every moment is spent learning, sleeping, talking, travelling , playing or working, every bit of our lives we learn. That is the world where we never grow old, and the excitement never goes cold.