Basically what this essay is trying to say is that isolating people for many years in an artificial environment for the purpose of learning is insane, because learning and no-learning (activities) is intertwined. The school, which isolates people from real world for many years, is designed to enslave your mind, making it unable to learn.
Here I want to talk about learning. It is also about no-learning. I cannot talk about learning without talking about no-learning. They are just different stages of one life cycle.
A lot of times Learning is driven by need, tasks, activities. A lot of times it is driven by fun. Quite often it is driven by resource, or by learning itself aiming to complete a closure (maybe promoted by past background and new resources). They are quite intertwined. You have fun in something, you want to be good at it or you want to enjoy it more. So you choose what kind of life you want to live, what to do for you life, what activity/project to do, and what community to belong to. If you really want to achieve excellence, to grow, to try new funs, to pursue big happiness, to experience dramatic life, you need to learn, learn a lot. So you need to expand life, locate resource, know how to use resource and be familiar with resource whenever you find a new one. You learn, you improve your ability, you have new fun, new topics. You are able to interact with more people, you can do more things, you feel more responsibility, and you need to learn more… Learning around activities is the most effective learning. Only a few times do you need to just sit down and read/write. This is the cycle of life. It is just at different stages of life for different people, how much they are willing to suffer for a bigger happiness later and how much they are able to combine fun and learning together or how much they are able to shorten the period of each cycle… So know where you are at this cycle and whether to have more fun or more learning…
Only when you are not learning, can you truly understand the real meaning of learning.
First of all, no learning. Just enjoy the present. Just do the activity. Then be able to learn, be able to reflect, locate resources, reason and understand. But the most important is to apply knowledge in activity, do it best and fast and learn on the spot.
My rule of thumb is that activity or real life should occupy no lower than 40% of your total time. It’d better to be above 50%. 60% would be ideal. So it is ridiculous that school occupies most of your time.
Only by applying knowledge, knowledge becomes knowledge. Knowledge is associated with context and memory. So focus on activity/project. Apply knowledge and make it a habit.
In activity, I know what I significantly lack. Learn it. You can even learn it like a minor.
Human being mainly learns in society. Like what I experienced in my salesman work.
No-learning is real learning. I should enjoy the present moment. And I should still be able to learn. Most people are only good at one of them. I should be good at both. Do activities. Just do it. Only use knowledge to solve problems. Only use learning to fill insufficient knowledge and ability. But when doing the activity, just do it and enjoy it. Learning and no-learning should be separate. Try to complete but don’t mix things together. The majority should be no-learning.
In learning theory, you can reference activity theory. It talks about things similar. But instead of saying learning is associated with activity, I want to emphasize on no-learning. Learning itself is not the goal. Learning is not the whole thing.