“are we still human enough to understand them (indigenous communities in the hinterland of Brazil)?”
— *Claude Lévi-Strauss, while he was a professor of sociology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil . (via the-seraphic-book-of-eloy
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
“Remember to stay grounded at your high and to lift yourself up at your low.”
“Fortunately, there’s one skill that you can use to prepare yourself for the new economy. Self-education. It’s the ability to educate yourself using the Internet. In fact, the ability to learn anything on your own is so important, I believe it is the single most important determinant of future success.”
The Future of Education is Self-Education (via azspot)
My entire day job career has been based on this. No one has trained me on the tools I use — at best I got a couple of quick demos. I credit my liberal arts education, but in truth, I think being a person who can learn things, a curious person, a person willing to try things is as much a factor of personality as anything else. It paid off for me. I got into an industry for which I had no training, and for 15 years I’ve made it work, through layoffs and contracting and whatever else. And my house is nearly paid off, which will free me up to try the next thing, whatever that is …
Your experience is very similar to my own. I think our experiences fly in the face of most student expectations in new media classes.