Do you remember fourth grade?
Do you remember everything that you learned? While you may remember that year, just like exercise if you don’t use it, you lose it. Our brains need to be worked and stretched. Putting an end date on learning limits the potential of our mind. Lifelong learning is essential.
Imagine if you exercised consistently, intensively, and productively for 12 years straight, then you stopped and never did a single sit-up, jog, or workout again. What would happen? While your body gained flexibility, endurance, and muscle mass during those 12 years, the years afterwards would strip it all away. If you woke up and thought, “I exercised so intensely for all those years, I’ll go run a marathon today!” You would quickly come to realize how much your body lost from atrophy and neglect.
Learning, like exercise, is a never ending process. Not only does our brain need the engagement and challenge to stay sharp, but there is always more to learn. The body of information in our world is rapidly increasing. Even learning all that is known today would take more than a lifetime.
In addition, the capabilities and comprehension of brains change over time. Experience shapes our view point and opens us up to a different analysis of the facts we know. Learning expands our minds for new ideas. New information leads to new discoveries. Our world would stagnate if no one continued to learn beyond the basics.
The practice of endless learning is not new, it has been the backbone of human innovation since the dawn of time. Those who keep researching, wondering, growing, and trying are the historical figures who have shaped our world. However, in this age of information, the wealth of knowledge and data is staggering.
Each day 2.5 extabytes (which is one billion billion bytes) are produced. Not all of this is relevant, neither is a large chunk of it true. However, there it is, our lives are inundated with massive amounts of information. Continual learning and study gives each of us the tools to wade through the false information, misinformation, and useless clutter to discern what is important. In this way, we can make informed decisions and continue to grow in understanding, not get pulled down a stream of lie.
Lifelong learning matters because as “One Planet, One People” there is a never ending process of bettering this world for all who live here. The more you know, the more you grow. Let’s keep learning and create a brighter tomorrow.
How do you keep learning? Why is lifelong learning important to you?