Note to self: It is time to let go of the negative attitude against Facebook, triviality, superficial nonsensical information quests, and start participating in the new hierarchy. It is time to “practice what you preach” and put people first. The hierarchy of the past placed the experts, the sages, the skilled and knowledgeable at the top. Now, amongst the toppled rubble on the Internet (no library stacks), we all have a voice.
Was it an illusion that the library held the answers and helped point the way to a meaningful existence? After all, a book or a library of books is created by human beings and human thought. Oh, but it was convenient to rely on experts to sift through nonsense and provide an assortment of the highest quality of information (may there always be libraries).
We still learn, as we always have, in “collision with others” (Vygotsky). We learn because we discuss, we argue, we collaborate, we confront, and (most importantly) we share.
Learn-Learn-Learn! That seems to be my favorite topic and, as earning my PhD in 2012 suggests, my ultimate goal. For a year or two, I have been saying I think most people are more interested in being entertained than being educated. The old, perhaps trite, saying holds true that the more I learn the more I realize how little I know. Learning how to thinking critically is more important than gathering knowledge. Yet, even more important than critical thinking is learning how to share.