My desire to make something true, does not make it so. Belief is a powerful force, and sits beneath some of our conception of how the world is, how it works. We learn, we form abstractions, we make leaps of faith, and believe that something is true. And then we sometimes try to rationalise the evolving reality against that stated and held belief.
To learn is, in some ways, to start by challenging ourselves: to recognise that our belief in our understanding of the world may be outdated. It may be something held in hope, not truth. I sometimes see graffiti that lies weathered, fading, a story that is coming undone. All our ideas, our beliefs, are subject to this weathering. If we are brave, we remake the picture, painting it anew, not grasping to the faded image of the past.
Words About Learning is an occasional series of posts, written from airport lounges, at the end of busy days.