Have you ever looked down on someone for learning something on their own? Even if it seemed insignificant, there’s no reason to look down on someone who learns on their own. I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again, the best way to learn something is to teach yourself. That doesn’t mean that you can’t (or shouldn’t) learn from others. There’s times when learning from others is a good idea, especially from mentors. But the truth is that you’ll learn something better if you teach yourself.
Teaching yourself from scratch, even if the craft has been mastered, is the best way to gain skills. It brings you to the same level as the master because you had to take a similar journey. You’re forcing yourself to go through the same process as the inventor of the given craft - which is where the real growth lies. But if you learn only by lectures and being graded, that’s all you really master.
Most of us hate to admit when we don’t understand something. Particularly simple concepts or things we encounter everyday. I’ve been guilty of it, you’ve been guilty of it. Wouldn’t you agree we’re born to be thinkers? That learning is a part of human nature? That’s what I think. Sadly this culture’s conditioned us to set that aside. People say learning is important, but the view of education has been twisted. There’s no one to blame but ourselves. You are the master of your own self, you take full responsibility of everything you do. So, if you want to learn something, learn it. But the first step is accepting yourself as independent - that’s more difficult than you may realize.
I’ll never stop speaking against society. It takes away freedom from the inside out, and it starts with the notion that you can’t teach yourself.