One of the most obvious but striking things about the morden education
is that you go through it only once.
You show up every day for a number of years
get fill up with knowledge and then,
然后 等你到了21岁左右 你止步了
once you are twenty one or so… you stop
and you begin the rest of your life.
Before modern education took off
the mightiest educational systems in the world were religions
It was religions that taught us about
ethics, purposes and the meanning of life.
And one of the interesting aspects of their pedagogy
was they were obsessed with repetition.
对他们而言 学习任何东西 如果只学一遍 是极其荒缪的
For them, it was absurd to imagine ever learning anything if you went through it only once.
The whole basis of religious education
rest upon repetition.
Five times a day as Muslim,
one was to rehearse the central tenets of Islam,
Seven times a day as Christian Benedictine monk
one was to revisit the lesson’s scripture.
As Orthodox Jew, three hundred days a year
were marked out for commemoration and ritual repetition of ideas in the Torah.
而作为一名禅僧 须每天在黄昏和破晓之间盘膝而坐 苦思冥想
While as a Zen priest one would be inducted sit cross legged and meditate
up to 12 times between day break and nightfall.
Religions had what one might term: a sieve of view of the mind.
That anything one pours in will quickly be lost in a perforated memories.
By contrast, modern education adheres to implicitly bucket like theory of the mind.
once meant to pour into contents and bar accidents
they’ll stay here pretty much across a while life time.
That’s why we’ll think nothing of earnestly declaring a book to be our favorite
and then deigning to read it only once.
Far less naively and fast more generously
religions prefer to image that anything you tell someone in the morning
will by two in the afternoon be well on the way to evaporation,
and will be pretty much gone by nightfall.
Repetition is the only way of ensuring something will stick.
当你读完了你最喜欢的经文 举个例子 摩西的故事
Once you finished reading a favorite holy text, the story of Moses for example
you just head straight back to the beginning and start it again.
with the bullrushes and the baby infant.
We pay a heavy price for our lack of interest in
rehearsing lessons and ideas.
There are all kinds of things we badly need to keep in our minds
The better parts of our nature that speak to us being patient
of remaining gentle,
of striving for forgiveness,
of pausing to appreciate,
of straining to understand what first seems unbearably foreign.
We’ve been taught these things once of course,
but it was a while ago now
possibly when we were seven.
当我们横冲直撞开始我们的生活 与各色各样的人和事擦肩而过 自然地 这些美好已不会首当其冲的出现在脑海中
and so naturally they’re not at the front of our minds as we career through our lives smashing into things and people.
There’s equal and possibly far greater wisdom to be found in the secular as opposed to religious fear.
but those who dispense this wisdom are far too hopeful about the functioning our minds.
他们选择告诉我们 仅说一次 低沉地
they choose to tell us just once possibly in a quite low voice
about all the things that matter.
Maybe in a beautiful but very dense poem or in a quite slow moving novel
we once read fitfully over summer two decades ago.
and then they expect us to keep all this in mind a whole life’s long.
and we’re surprised that the march of human craziness goes on unabated.
We shouldn’t abandon almost precious insides to the lacks guardians of our memories.
we need to steal the idea repetition from religions
and create our own catechism, our own midnight prayers, our own cycle of rehearsed knowledge.
We need to make the most important ideas vivid in our minds on a constant basis.
We should never be finished with school,
we should daily be re-immersed in the great truth that we will die
所以我们必须了解自己 我们必须学会去爱别人 宁可悲伤也不吝啬
that we must understand ourselves, that we must love, that others are sad rather than mean.
Many of us are done with religion,
but we shouldn’t ever be done with what religions knew so well about our minds,
that nothing stays active in them unless we rehearse and repeat with every new dawn.
We need to keep coming back not least here.
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