One of the questions I so often hear is, “Why do I have to learn this? What’s this got to do with real life?” Very legitimate question(s).
It is unrealistic, I think, to expect most adolescents to appreciate learning for its own sake. They’re too busy wrestling with identity.
Sometimes though, if we all look closely enough at the world around us, we can develop an appreciation for things for their own sake. I like this photo because of the scribbled edit – stripping it of its context, as we do say, when we look at Japanese calligraphy when we don’t understand the meaning, we can enjoy it on a very simple, direct level. The scratch of the ‘T’ , the flowing line of the ‘H’ – if we look at them just as lines, we may find them pleasing. Same with the typed text.
I tried this with sounds on the highway last weekend. Listening to the sounds of cars passing me – could I strip away, in my mind, that they were cars? Then, could I strip away that the sound I heard was rushing wind? Or the movement of articles? Could I hear – just the sound?
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