A Fork In The Road

 

Behold, a sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.  Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.  But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.  But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 

- Jesus of Nazareth

Tell me and I will soon forget,

Show me and I may remember, but

Involve me and I will soon understand.

  1. - anonymous


Hmmmm.  Papa, what are you thinking?


There are some things that cannot be forgotten, little One.  It is a bit ironic that I learned this in a training session that I soon forgot but the demonstration that was used to kick-off the session I will never forget.  It involved a challenge of placing twelve box nails on the head of a another which was nailed into a piece of wood.  Simple rules: The wood must remain flat on the table, and the twelve nails can only touch that nail in the wood.


That’s impossible, Papa


Yes, so it seems, but listen well, it is quite possible.  However, if you do not figure it out for yourself and, instead, ask me to reveal how to do it, then it shall be forever impossible for you to figure it out for yourself.  Once a solution is revealed the reward of self-discovery is lost forever.

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That sounds kind of scary, Papa.


  1. It is really more sad than scary, little One.  I have witnessed students in classrooms, shouting out answers like so many seagulls screaming in the air, devouring opportunities of discovery for others.  I have witnessed teachers moving on too quickly in order to cover all the material mandated by a state or nation, leaving too little soil for discovery to take firm root.  I have witnessed improper use of technology, providing instant answers, communication and entertainment, interrupting and choking off critical opportunities of discovery indispensable in the growth of One’s knowledge and creativity.  But listen well, little One, belief, acquired by in-depth discovery, is the most unshakable form of knowledge One can have.


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