As a perennial student of everything around me, it is important for me to remember Feynmann’s thoughts and take it to heart every day. More so when you have a little neutron willing to grasp, and absorb all that comes her way. So for posterity, and to remind myself, here is what I think teaching and learning should be about.
1. Question what you read in a book, and that you learn from others. Articulate to yourself in a language that you understand, and correlate them with your experiences that make you uniquely you.
Fear not to question what you read,
Or that taught to you by others;
Entwine knowledge with experience,
to render thee from within
2. Doubt can be a marvelous learning tool, if applied right. Do not fear it, embrace it, and remove it through a better understanding of the world around you
Doubt thy learned truths, without doubting thyself;
Fear not, live with it, a tool
Refine thoughts and visions of a fool.
3. Think for yourself, analyze the problems, and explore the universe as it is, for it offers answers to every question conceivable. We either are only short sighted (often), or not experienced enough to visualize it just yet
Truth remains vivid for those who can see
Thought drives action, focus and let it free.
4. Make mistakes, be not afraid. Mistakes teach far more valuable lessons if you are willing to recover, and continue the search again. No action in this universe happens without making its lessons available for those who ask
Be obedient, to the master that teaches absolute truth
No teacher greater, past fallacies accounted
Recover, learn to move without satisfaction.
5. When you understand how something ticks, teach it to someone who does not. Humanity and knowledge learned is transient, and is propagated/refined faster in the collective. And often, teaching someone else improves the self understanding undoubtedly.
Absolute truth is pure delusion;
Iteration inevitable my fierce child,
Instill thy thought, truth version,
Purify self experience, propagate philosophy.