Unlearn and Relearn
by Michael Feeley
WHAT DOES IT MEAN to unlearn something?
It’s a choice for change because something you learned and believe in no longer works for you.
You unlearn because it is unjust – unfair – untrue.
It might be relearning piano, dancing, singing technique, improper English, penmanship, recycling, changing a bad habit, correcting false information, unlearning bias, prejudice, labeling, limiting beliefs, assumptions, and interpretations harmful to you and other people, cultures, and ideas.
Unlearning can be a deep, uncomfortable, and challenging process because you’re working to change your attitude toward the world. You are changing your mind and heart in seeing what is the same and different from yourself.
For most of our lives, with schooling, work, economics, politics, technology, social and personal conditioning, we fall into routines and mindsets. Unlearning is letting go of old ways and practicing new ones. Transformation and innovations are happening fast; we must be aware of these changes to keep up and flourish or be left behind.
Be patient, accepting, and active with unlearning. It is a process of renewing knowledge, creating change, and making things better and different for positive living now and in the future.
Unlearning should include help from other people talking about change – breaking old patterns and building new opportunities to relearn. Commitment and steady practice are essential. Unlearning and relearning are skills to practice deliberately.
Anything learned can be unlearned. It’s a choice, and it takes work.
You learn to gain knowledge.
You unlearn to change.
You relearn to learn again because there is a better way.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – American businessman and futurist Alvin Toffler
Thanks – Michael (he, him)
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This is also important – A Body for Justice.