Why do I have to learn this?



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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3 responses to “Why do I have to learn this?

  1. i like that picture a lot. i’m always intruiged by your shots of paper–it reminds me in some ways of when we went to the art gallery and were looking at vermeers–in the same way i found myself wondering about the girl in the painting, i find myself wondering about the text and the author, trying to put into context something which cannot be–and the intelligable writing (which could mean it was you) adds a degree of intruige.
    as for learning–i have always valued learning as a process, but only been able to do it that way sometimes. i love to learn things that i’m interested in: i can’t get my head around learning things that i couldnt care less about.
    i think thats pretty typical.

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