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October/15/2001 LEARNERS TREK


  • Encourages a beginner's mind
  • Shapes and creates what we are becoming
  • Unifies people by broadening their common ground
  • Increases ability to create and to perceive choices
  • Gives life meaning and purpose across generations by sustaining a community knowledge and ethics base

Learners Trek (LT) : is a community forming based on the life long desire to learn, play and teach. Ideally a community where the pursuit of knowledge, systems thinking, personal growth, health and recreation are the main goals. There is passion, and synergy in proactive learning and play with others that satisfies the soul, matures the spirit and frees the creative juices. Its a vision of a community of people who wish to prioritize their time and resources to learn the knowledge and skills that empowers a human being personally and in our society at large.

The community would embrace the use of multimedia and the Internet to maximize learning, system thinking, communicating, and teaching in and from the community. LT would also use the Internet to support community administration and industries.

Aside from the main agenda of learning we envision an income generating/sharing system to support the goals above with the creation of and contribution to leaving/retirement accounts so that members may have more options to leave as they wish. This would allow people to feel more flexibility when committing to LT.

Learners Trek
138 Twin Oaks Rd

Louisa Va, 23093
Fax:  888-424-8838




LearnersTrek Favorite Quotes

No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical.
-- Neils Bohr

Seek the company of those who are looking for the truth,
but run from those who have found it.
-- Vaclav Havel

A witty saying proves nothing.
-- Voltaire

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the
conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any
talent for abstract, positive thinking.
-- Albert Einstein

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
-- Mark Twain

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
-- Henri Bergson

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting
for our wits to grow sharper.
-- Eden Phillpotts

Anyone who has begun to think places some
portion of the world in jeopardy.
-- John Dewey

Curiosity was framed; ignorance killed the cat.
-- Author unknown

The highest reward for a person's toil is not
what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.
-- John Ruskin

Knowledge is the antidote to fear.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if
he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
-- Sir Francis Bacon

Doubt is the key to knowledge.
-- Persian Proverb

Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of knowledge.
-- Abraham Heschel

The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
-- Niels Bohr

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and
the intelligent are full of doubt.
--Bertrand Russell

We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?
- Niels Bohr

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.
-- Albert Einstein

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
-- Lord Alfred Tennyson

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.
Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.
All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.
-- George Bernard Shaw

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear,
but around in awareness.
-- James Thurber

If knowledge can create problems, it is not
through ignorance that we can solve them.
-- Isaac Asimov

The truth is more important than the facts.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though
everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
-- Albert Einstein



October/15/2001 LEARNERS TREK

Beginner's Mind….

I start with the assumption that an expert open/beginners mind is more valuable to a person and a community. By expert I mean a person who intentionally cultivates this on an ongoing basis. For the person this has the advantage of not perceiving as much thru habit and/or desire (perceiving thru habit/desire saves time and reduces the cognitive load for us but has a high cost at crucial times). Such a person asks questions and/or answers them with an expectation that possibly there are more skills/information to be learned and thus engages with more heart. This person is more secure with what is not known and more skilled at error management. In the end they are more likely to make themselves vulnerable without, oddly, feeling at risk. This sort of stability in learning provides stamina for the proactive learner.

The expert open/beginner's mind is also important to community where we need to listen to each other even when what is being shared challenges us in ways that are new and/or hard. There often is a pull to fast reaction cultivated by "group think", tradition, momentum, and the resistance to take on a concept thoroughly. He/she notes the feelings and rhythm of the group yet balances that with their best thinking which they offer respectfully even when very different than the group. When the community intentionally cultivates such a mind in its members rich, beautiful and inspirational things happen.



October/15/2001 LEARNERS TREK

Shapes and creates what we are becoming….

Proactive Learning shapes and creates what we are becoming. As children it is hardwired into our core to the point that caretakers must protect us as we relentlessly explore and learn. It is so important to our wellbeing that we only avoid it at our peril. But this early exploration diminishes with time and experience. We begin to feel more comfortable with the familiar and less risky. We are guided and shaped by the experiences provided by our cultures, and our personal communities. We have a biological imperative to identify with our "tribe" and to act accordingly thus gaining advantage and security. We often stop wondering what is true and what is real in order to fit in or get by. Depending on the circumstances this retreat from proactive learning has social and survival value but it can also have a dear personal, and community price.

Modern western culture provides the freedoms to set our own agenda and take our future into our own hands. But we often hear the complaint that modern culture and its many choices leaves the individual inadequately grounded to their community, thus leading to social alienation and decay. Liberty is not freedom. Liberty is freedom thru learning. If we are first and foremost a social animal than we cannot last long without a social community.