What is the Importance of Lifelong Learning?

DQ2: If you haven’t realized it yet, you will probably have 30 more years of learning than your parents had. What is the importance of lifelong learning? Do you view yourself as a lifelong learner? 

Write one life goal related to your own life long learning activities and share it with us. 

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Yes, I view myself as a lifelong learner. It all started when I was 15. For reasons passing understanding my high school career was ended at about that time. It was an hour to my job every day, then an hour to the worksite, then an hour back to the job, and another hour to home. I was too young to drive, so I was in the passenger seat during those times. I didn’t have anything to do, so I started reading. My first major book was “Five Equations that Changed the World” by Michael Guillen. I was particularly interested in the special theory of relativity. From that time on there was rarely a moment during the day, or night for that matter, that I was not working that I was not reading. I started with Stephen Hawkings, then Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli; then turned to George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Shakespeare; then Hitler (Mein Kampf), Carl Sagan, John Elderidge. The list goes on. My appetite for literature is voracious and rarely satiated. Right now I am reading Part Two of Faust by Von Goethe and Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley. All of my children have picked up on my habits. The reading list for my 12-year-old this summer would impress any high school English Lit. teacher, and she is as enthusiastic about reading as I am. Anyway, my goal is to read every book I have ever heard of or ever will. That might sound like a tall order, but have you ever noticed that the mountain always looks taller standing at its base than at its peak? 

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References

Wickens, A. (2005). Foundations of biopsychology, 2e. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Hall.

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