A Lifetime of Learning

Sembra impossibile da credere, eppure Tumblr fra una gif porno e l’altra riserva delle belle sorprese. Quella che riporto di seguito è infatti la trasposizione testuale in lingua inglese di una serie di vignette molto significative incontrate per caso mentre bazzicavo sul social network più strano di sempre (escluso Deviantart, naturalmente) e che riassume la filosofia di vita che cerco di seguire da tempo, a volte con risultati soddisfacenti, altre meno. Le illustrazioni sono state ispirate da un estratto dello scrittore e divulgatore fantascientifico Piero Ang… scusate, Isaac Asimov. 

Per chi fosse interessato anche alle illustrazioni, questo è il link per il sito dell’artista: https://zenpencils.com/comic/asimov/

People think of education as something that they can finish.
And what’s more, when they finish, it’s a rite of passage. You’re finished with school. You’re no more a child, and therefore anything that reminds you of school – reading books, having ideas, asking questions – that’s kid’s stuff. Now you’re an adult, you don’t do that sort of thing any more.

You have everybody looking forward to no longer learning, and you make them ashamed afterward of going back to learning. If you have a system of education using computers, then anyone, any age, can learn by himself, can continue to be interested. If you enjoy learning, there’s no reason why you should stop at a given age. People don’t stop things they enjoy doing just because they reach a certain age.

What’s exciting is the actual process of broadening yourself, of knowing there’s now a little extra facet of the universe you know about and can think about and can understand. It seems to me that when it’s time to die, there would be a certain pleasure in thinking that you had utilized your life well, learned as much as you could, gathered in as much as possible of the universe, and enjoyed it. There’s only this one universe and only this one lifetime to try to grasp it. And while it is inconceivable that anyone can grasp more than a tiny portion of it, at least you can do that much.
What a tragedy just to pass through and get nothing out of it.

(Isaac Asimov)


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