The Dynamic Interplay Between Learning and Experience – Part 1

Learning is a fundamental aspect of human existence, enabling us to acquire knowledge, skills, and insights about the world around us. Traditionally, learning has been associated with formal education, where information is transmitted through books, teachers, and structured curricula. However, there is another profound dimension to learning that emerges through direct experience. Learning through experience involves actively engaging with the world, observing, reflecting, and internalizing the lessons gained from personal encounters. This essay explores the dynamic interplay between learning acquired through formal education and learning through lived experiences, highlighting the unique qualities and transformative power of experiential learning.

Formal Education: Knowledge from Books and Teachers

Formal education plays a crucial role in transmitting accumulated knowledge across generations. Through books, lectures, and teachers, we gain access to a vast array of information about various subjects such as mathematics, geography, and history. The structured nature of formal education provides a systematic framework for understanding complex concepts, theories, and principles. It equips us with foundational knowledge and analytical skills necessary for critical thinking and problem-solving. By engaging with educational institutions, we benefit from the expertise and guidance of educators who facilitate our learning journey.

“The moment you say you’re happy, your happiness disappears. Happiness comes when you don’t want it.”

You know. It is very important to know what learning is. We learn about mathematics, geography, history from books, from teachers, we learn where London or Moscow or New York are; We learn how a machine works or how birds build their nests and take care of their young. We learn by observing and studying. This is one type of teaching.

But is there another kind of learning – learning through experience? Isn’t it a very different experience to see a boat sailing with its work reflected on the calm sea? What will happen then? As the mind accumulates knowledge, it holds that experience and the next day evening we smell that sense of happiness and peace and go out to see the boat.

And the mind puts forth this kind of experience. It stores that experience in the form of memory and makes us think. What we call thinking is a memory response. After seeing that boat on the sea and feeling the joy, we keep the experience as a memory in our mind and want to repeat it. And so the thought process goes on, doesn’t it?

In truth, few of us know how to think. Most of us echo what we read in books or hear from people. Or our thinking becomes a product of our limited experience.

Even though we travel all over the world and collect many experiences, meet different people, listen to what they say, see their culture, visit their religion and customs, our thinking is born from all these memories. We compare, we weigh, we choose. And in the process, we hope to shape our thinking for life.

However, this type of thinking is limited to one area. We may have the experience of seeing a boat floating on the water, a corpse being carried to the landing on the shoulders of men, or a woman carrying a heavy burden – all these feelings are there; But they do not enter into us and flourish; Only when we are sensitive to everything around us do we have a different kind of thinking that is not determined by habit.

When you hold fast to a belief, you see everything through the lens of that belief; You are out of touch with reality. Have you ever seen a rural woman carrying a heavy load to the city? How do you feel when you see this kind of scene? Or because you see the woman all the time, you are used to the situation and do not notice her at all?

What happens when you look at something for the first time? You immediately put what you see on your scale and interpret it, don’t you? Whether you perceive the scene as a Communist, a Socialist, a Capitalist, or some other “st”.

If you get out of these things, if you stop looking through the lens of any thought or belief and have a direct relationship with reality, you will notice that there is a very special relationship between you and what you see. If you have no balance, no tendency, if you are open to everything, everything around you will be very interesting and alive.

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