Annotate: (v) to add notes of explanation to a text or diagram
It is my contention that education is knowledge followed by experience. It can even be experience that gradually garners knowledge.
But the idea that the more information imparted to us, with a variety of opinions, insights, notes, complete with bibliography, will make us smarter, is a bit erroneous.
I’m not so sure we learn until we take something that we kind of basically understand–and then try it ourselves.
Does anyone really become an engineer when they graduate from college, or does that actually occur some Thursday morning three years later, while working on the job?
I think this is particularly annoying in the fields of business and religion. So many books, commentaries, opinions and guides for the novice are penned in these categories, with the aspiration that an insight from someone other than ourselves will give us an edge.
Of course, we need to know what we’re talking about, and have a basic understanding of what we’re doing. But candidly, it is in the handling of circumstance and difficulty that we discover the true wisdom of each and every endeavor.
I grow weary of a culture that creates a learning class, which receives more finance than a working class that actually pulls the load. And not only finance–but status.
Case in point:
- I studied music. It didn’t make me a musician. Somewhere in my third set, playing keyboard in a dive, discovering a new bridge chord, I gained the confidence to have the music in me.
- I studied the Bible. It didn’t make me a Christian. It was a series of encounters, where I chose to think for myself and selected to bless instead of curse, when the mind of Christ actually inhabited my cranium.
- I even studied sex in an attempt to become a better lover, but it was on the 121st attempt to please my partner through sensitivity that I actually had the words “Don Juan” whispered in my ear.
Notes are good. Testimonies are interesting.
But none of us are saved by someone else’s experience. The salvation of our lives … is the word of our own testimony.
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