Ancient wisdom for today (2)

August 2nd 2012, Day 2, Proverbs 2

“Tune your ears to wisdom; set your heart on a life of understanding.” Proverb 2:2 (The Message)

One of the phrases you hear quite a lot in career-development circles is the idea of ‘Lifelong Learning’ the UK Government’s National Careers Service even has a service Lifelong Learning service, a place where, among other things, you can record your ‘learning record’ and get help drawing up a CV online.

I remember as I was growing up there was a lot of talk about ‘commonsense’ and, in particular, the lack of it among the ‘younger generation’ – and yet most of the people I was hearing this said of (including, on ocassion – you won’t be surprised to hear, me) were privileged to be on the receiving end of an awful lot of education.

That suggests to me that a life of learning is not the same thing as a life of understanding, the former is about the acquisition of information the second about application of information.

I think Lifelong learning is a great idea, providing we pursue wisdom and understanding with at least as much determination (if not more) than we expend in our pursuit of knowledge and information.

With years of experience playing bass in a wide range of situations a dear friend once said that if you were to cut me in half you'd find the word 'bass' written all the way through - yes I know that's so cliche - but that doesn't make it any less true! Like so many people I have more than one 'day' job - but most of my work-time these days is spent working for Interconnected Solutions.