The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn-Alvin Toffler
What is your reaction after reading this quote?
Does it make any sense?
Yes…somedays back I read this and I felt…oh! this is quite nonsense..and donno something made me read this quote again and again….after thinking for a while…I took a complete U turn on this aspect:)
Learning,Unlearning and relearning is not nonsense..it’s just commonsense. This is the fundamental principle which we are used to..right from from our infancy!!
Lemme explain!Take the example of a 2 year Ashley..earlier she was taught drinking milk with the bottle..then learning drinking milk with the bottle was necessary to her..later on now..as she has grown.it was necessary for her to unlearn drinking from the bottle and learn drinking from glass…
Unlearning is also as important as learning… think for a while… this principle is applicable for all grown up people , in every aspect of the life. Any enthusiastic person learns the things quickly, unlearns them as and when required & relearns them according to the necessity, current trends and requirements. Learning new things with preconceived notions hinders the process of understanding the concepts.
This reminds me of Alfred Tennyson’s poem
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.