Learning for Life

Each experience of learning should be a life-enhancing experience in which you learn how to live more fully. It should be a life-transforming experience in which you become the person you were meant to be. It should be a life-nurturing experience in which you learn to care for life and help it survive.

"As long as you live, keep learning how to live." — Seneca

Learning from Life

Learning only from books means you live a second-hand life. Your ideas and values must grow from your own life experience, so learning must help you glean the truths from your own experience. As we learn from nature we can learn to understand our own lives.

"Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts." — Wendell Berry

Learning with Life

Learning experiences must be exciting and enlivening and vital. We should feel exuberant and more alive. Learning should involve personal stories, conversation, laughter, and the full participation of every learner.

"It is time to come to your senses. You are to live and to learn to laugh. You are to learn to listen to the cursed radio music of life and to reverence the spirit behind it and to laugh at its distortions. So there you are. More will not be asked of you." — Hermann Hesse.

Writings by Cecile Andrews on the Net:

Gloria Steinem:
As each person completes herself or himself and contributes what is authentic, a new paradigm emerges: circularity. At rest, it is a circle, and in motion, a spiral. When we look more closely at each part, it is a microcosm of the whole. If we consciously take this as our organizing principle, we come up with very nonbinary, unlinear, nonhierarchical results. For instance:
If we think of ourselves as circles, our goal is completion — not defeating others. Progress lies in the direction we haven’t been.
If we think of families and nurturing groups as circles, the sum means maximizing each part — not restricting others or keeping secrets. Progress is appreciation.
If we think of work structures as circles, excellence and cooperation are the goal — not competition. Progress becomes mutual support and connectedness.
If we think of nature as a circle, then we are part of its reciprocity. Progress means interdependence.
If we respect nature and each living thing as a microcosm of nature — then we respect the unique miracle of ourselves.
And so we have come full circle. Self-esteem is not a zero-sum game: by definition, there is exactly enough to go around. By making the circle the organizing image in our minds, a prison of lines and limits will gradually disappear.
----Revolution From Within
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