I have decided to re-read the Feelings book, and this time make it a study, memorize the names of the different needs, take a more earnest approach to learning the “language” of the machine that is need-based.
I am feeling a mix of fear and excitement. where? in my stomach, expanding to my chest.
My plan is to read/study the book is to study it at the beginning of my evening reading session for about 10 minutes, and then switch to my “other” book… whatever book I am reading in the evening at the time… currently it is “Curious” by Ian Leslie.
I am reading Curious for the second time, and this time it is, given the chance, going to change something in me and consequently in how I teach, how i guide, and what I expect YOU to do.
One of them is a principle, timeless, portable, and scary as hell: Matthew 13:12
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
These dudes who supposedly scribed (transcribed) the gospels – I say scribed because the gospels, supposedly, were the written notes of the disciples… what the disciples heard Jesus say… Judging from what my students hear me say, if there was a Jesus, and if he said things, the likelihood that he said those exact things is between zero and none. Why? because Jesus picked uneducated people to teach, and they had no foundation, no framework, no education, no vocabulary to hang the smart things Jesus said…
This is, by the way, how you know that the gospels were written hundreds of years later by well-read well-educated church people… and not the not-educated disciples. But there is wisdom there, and I don’t want to argue that.
According to Osho, the most wisdom is in Matthew’s stuff… and this principle is from there.
In the context I am looking at that principle, in the context that I am asking you to hear that principle is curiosity… your fitness to live a life you can love.
If you have no knowledge, some knowledge, in a certain are, you cannot be curious about it, you’ll have nothing to sustain your curiosity. In my humble opinion, bedtime stories may be the best foundation of “some knowledge”. And id you observe, children watch the same cartoon a hundred time, if you let them. They know something that you don’t: repetition is the mother of ALL learning.
What does curiosity have to do with a life you can love? Everything.
The human machine, the machine that is best studied by an engineer who, supposedly and by definition understands machines.
For shits and giggles… Margoczi is also a business owner, and he is not good at it.
Why? because he hasn’t carried over his knowledge to the area of marketing.
He and I are similarly educated, and have made the same mistake… with the difference that for me, reading the Curious book by Ian Leslie, put a BIG FINGER on the problem:
no matter how much I read or study about marketing, my head behaves like a sieve… none of the knowledge sticks.
I have no foundation, no network of knowledge, no latticework to hold the information with in the area of marketing (substitute your area of ignorance here!). 1
Here is a metaphor of how this works, or why you can’t hold onto information, unless you already have some… a metaphor from nature: if you drop seeds on ground that hasn’t been cultivated, prepared, loosened, the seeds may germinate, but never become plants, because the roots cannot penetrate, cannot hold onto the uncultivated soil. Same in the desert. There are some videos on Youtube that show that you can turn deserts into oasis by creating some foundation that allows the seeds to grow into plants.
So how do you build a foundation if you are 71 years old (substitute your age here).
Ian Leslie says (and I say! judging from my experience with new and older students) that learning the vocabulary, the exact words an area uses is going to build a latticework.
So I have started… I watched a 40 minute teaching webinar by Frank Kern, and took notes. And now I am going to consider it a language learning course… it will take as long as it takes…
One of my students has done this in the area of context…
When she shared with others that her invented context for the Playground is that it is a PhD course that takes a year or two, the other students weren’t getting it. They lack the vocabulary of context… and the vocabulary of word-to-world cognitive reality creating knowledge.
So for them it was just noise coming out of that student’s mouth. Or looked at in another way: she dropped the seeds on desert sand… The sand is not able to receive the seeds and sustain them.
And not surprisingly, the more ignorant students like to hang out together and chit-chat, where everything makes sense, where they know every word.
One of the benefits of transcribing my audio-articles is to struggle against the mind’s inclination to change the words to words you already know… instead of typing the word I say.
I sound like an alien until you learn the vocabulary.
Margoczi sounds doubly like an alien… one reading is not enough… so even though I have two engineering degrees, I am going to study it, like a foreign language, until I get fluent with it.
Am I going to suggest to Margoczi that he should learn the vocabulary of marketing? I don’t think he would be open to it… but I might risk it.
Until someone discovers their own ignorance, themselves, they deny it, or they consider it OK… either way, they kill the messenger (treat the bearer of bad news as if they were to blame for it.)
Every time I mention ignorance in the title of my articles, people don’t want to read it…
But the art of the curious is that they are ready and willing to recognize and feel the lack of knowledge, their ignorance, and they behave like their machine is programmed, the human machine, seeking to fill the void by seeking information.
If you read the book Feelings, you’ll get the aberrant behavior of wanting to ignore the inner and natural need to know what area of life you need more information and knowledge.
PS: this video shows best how even the little you have is taken away if you don’y add to it.