July 18, 2008

LIFELONG LEARNING

Posted in Education, Philosophy, Psychology tagged , , , , , , , at 4:27 am by randallbutisingh

<!–[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]–><!–[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]–> Randall Butisingh – Newspaper Interview: Question 4 of 10.

LIFELONG LEARNING 

Randall Butisingh was recently asked a number of questions by a newspaper feature writer. This was the fourth of ten questions with the answer. We will feature these questions and answers in ten blog entries.

Question: What makes you want to keep on learning at an age when most people are just retiring and enjoying the good life?

 

Answer: Many people retire after working for many years and then they look forward to what you called “enjoying the good life”. Have you noticed how many of them never live long enough afterward? They may miss the power and prestige plus the meaning and value that their jobs bestowed on them. Without meaningful activity in retirement they deteriorate and pass on. It could be that lifelong learning and creativity, and selfless humanitarian service contribute to longevity and give purpose to life.

 

I therefore believe that one should always keep learning and being creative. No matter how old one is, one should never cease to learn; the spirit never grows old. When one ceases to learn, one ceases to live. Retiring and having a good time is a waste of a very valuable resource – experience. Old age is the time when one has to reflect and to give back to humanity the wisdom one has garnered from experience.

 

My Weblog entries reflect this philosophy, and I hope that it would influence others to emulate my belief in “Lifelong Learning”

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