In recent years, I’ve realized there is more to meet the eye when it comes to learning, understanding, and knowing. Perhaps, as chapter 14 says, These three cannot be fathomed, and so they are confused and looked upon as one.
A few days ago, I was having a discussion with my wife and our son Luke when I blurted out, “People don’t learn anything.” My word, in writing that down just now, I don’t even agree with myself! I confess, I often blurt stuff out, testing the waters to see what I can stir up.
The debate ended in a stalemate and we went on with the day. Later I realized my problem. Instead of saying, “People don’t learn”, I should have said, what usually passes for learning is actually mimicry. As is often the case, words got in the way of communication… well, duh!
I then made a short list of correlations to better illustrate the point I was trying to make. Luke studied it for a moment, nodded and said, “Ah yes, that makes sense”. The point I was trying to make earlier, and in vain, became obvious through correlations. Of course, that comes with its own downside; clear and perfect communication eliminates the fun… the tug of war, the give and take, the drama. Examine this set of correlations I showed Luke and see if it makes any sense to you (1).
(1) A correlation’s view of issues may work better within our family because I introduced the correlation process (p.572) to my sons when they were knee high to a grasshopper. They are familiar with this process of boiling issues down to fundamental parameters. While it never offers a final answer, it does point towards one in a fuzzy kind of way.