"So, learning is remarkably difficult, certainly when compared with knowing, because learning is so expensive. From a learned point of view, knowledge looks more like the limits of uncertainty that can be born, like the kind of imprecision you secretly accede to. Learning is hard on knowing, like kids are hard on the furniture, like life is hard on the body, and it costs you considerably to learn, and there are casualties along the way, and there are things that you part with. And the parting with isn’t voluntary much of the time. It’s too costly. By that measure, elders have learned the most, and probably know the least." — Stephen Jenkinson, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble (pp. 94-95). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.
Come of Age is one of my all-time favourite books.
I don't think, from what I know, it's received the critical acclaim that should have come its way, unlike Mr Jenkinson's other book, "Die Wise".
In case you're wondering, the above quote is not random. Ditto all the other quotes that I share. It's deliberate.
The quote, though, is only part of a much larger, richer chapter where Mr Jenkinson explores the subtle (or not so) difference between our obsession — and it's very much of that type — with the accretion of knowledge but at the expense, always, of learning.
And, sadly, as a consequence of my age, I know exactly what he means.( Collapse )