The Choice to be OK with ignorance

When I think abouteveryone, I am usually content with the thought that I am one of them, and my level of awareness is ine with the understanding of intellegence. Akthough my mental illnesses effect the way I react to information,…

When I think abouteveryone, I am usually content with the thought that I am one of them, and my level of awareness is ine with the understanding of intellegence. Akthough my mental illnesses effect the way I react to information, and a lotof comparring myself to others for positive or neagtive reaons, I am generally content at my poosition. I believe I have the ability tio figure things out as they aree explained to me. I have a pretty good level of understand that learning doesn’t have to be specific. I can learn conecpts and realted them quickly to other life siuations.

I can work out the posiabilities of what might happen, or what did happen. I know eough about our world to undersaytdnd thatthe means behind a story are not always revealed, but that if we go along with the ride, we’re not living in constant fear.

I do hiowever, equally undesratdnthere are people smarter than me who may heve figured things out I do notyet know or understand. I have a visual memory of that moment when friends klaughed at me because I had answered “what war?” to a question. Itwas a simultanious moemnt where we all learned that not everyone watches the news or cares.

 

I can undesrtand a bit better now how people choose to not learn. They have a different understanding of their universe and the awareness that they’re doing fine without kniowing where Africa is, or whetherit’s a country or not.

 

It’s true.  Whyile I may have  made a joke in school about how Algebra was hard and we;d never need to know it, The boy next to me was having trouble grasoping the idea that Theremight be a building two towns over that has 10 stories and youcan see the twon from above.  Cool… maybe one day I can visit Grampa in the big city.  He doesn’t even care that he doesn’t know what Turkey is..

He is niot effected at all when your surprise increases that he doesn’t know… and doesn’tcare, and if you tried to ediucate him right there, he might tune out.

Ignoreance is a choice. I find fun in learninmg new ideas, but if it  was hard to grasp because my skils at taking somethingnew I learn and seeing it in use to  make all the otherlinks make sense suddenly.  New underatdning is like getting a new too, for yourtoolbox.  You’re notsure  what you’ll use thatfunky garlic squeeze for, butone day it might hold a window open, Macgiver style.

 

I watched my motherpick up a new TV remote one day and I understaood this connection.  She had learned the old TV reluctantly. It was an education agaisnt her will, but she finaly figited out what butons did the things she needed.

The problem was she learned how to use that remote, not any conecpts she coulkd use on the next new remote. She had to learnj evefrything. I learned one thing and related it to the world.

IT amazed me.

Computersare one of those things in life that people aleays feel like they are behind and learning computers late and out of obligation. They don’tlike computers, but see theirpurpose.

People don’t like to learn computers, they like to learn how to use this tool to do this, and not be terrified of pressing the wrongbutton and breakingeverything.

Imagine asking to play a song on an instrumentbefore learning what a not was, or the scale.

It is harder.

Some people complain when theiur compuers change. The upgrade from Windows version 95 to 98 and evefryupgrade after thatcame out and some people resisted. They ressecnted the need to re-learn everything.  Upgrades were the hel mof copmpuetrs. Others, like me upgraded on day one and loved the new features.

end.  stalling.. back to work.