When we reach for new ideas, it results in a more nuanced relationship to the ideas we already have.
By grappling with unfamiliar concepts, we breathe new life into the familiar ones.
Learning not only begets new information. It begets new opportunities with old understandings we may have taken for granted.
What is education?
Whatever it is, it’s not just about regurgitating what we know. It’s the process of revitalizing what we know through our willingness to wrestle with the unknown.
Knowledge becomes increasingly useful to the degree that we seek out new opportunities for practical application and philosophical adventure.
If you think you already know enough, you’re probably right. The real question is “Do you know enough about the things you already know?”
The only way to find that answer is by exploring the possibilities that aren’t on your map.
When was the last time you tried to learn something that wasn’t easy to understand? That might be a great place to start.