Good Student

I subscribe to the school of life and view all of life as my teacher. I’ve found that the better I do that, the more I learn. In my studies I’ve discovered an interesting fact… that rather than feel like I now know and have the answers, I instead have more questions.

Inquiry leads to findings that lead to further inquiry.

This reminds me of one of the tenants of Yin Yang Theory: Yin and Yang are infinitely divisible. Meaning that you can separate, analyze, break apart, and divide the whole without end. There is no end.

We’ve found this theory to be true at some of the highest levels of modern science. We’ve found that the Universe is expanding, and at the same time that all of it condenses to “nothing” in a Black Hole. Under a microscope we keep finding smaller and smaller particles, and at the same time we find lots of “nothing” within even the densest materials.

Occasionally science hits a point where it appears to have the answer. It may pause on this assumption for many years (take Newtonian Physics for example) before some new data suggests some expanded view of reality. Like the Universe our view of reality continues to expand, infinitely.

More recently, in part due to our rapid news cycle, we make claim one day and disprove the next. The benefits of coffee come to mind. The truth remains in most cases that we do not know, and what we do know is only part of the whole story. Our knowledge, like our scientific discoveries, is infinitely divisible.

Every time I learn something, I am also given a new inquiry.

Learning is also relative to our current understanding. It builds upon our existing foundation of knowledge. At times simply adding on top of or expanding the existing structure. At other times totally destroying the prior system and building a new, more complex, and complete picture — yet still not the whole truth.

Therefore a good student, one engaged with studies, will be the one with more questions and may even be the one who challenges the existing belief system. A good student doesn’t always fit in and do well in school, but they do come up with some really good questions.

Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.
E.E. Cummings

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