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The Teaching Dilemma

Post from September 7, 2015 (↻ June 7, 2021), filed under .

Another dilemma. Maybe we’re here to learn, but is it at all said that we can be taught?

When we’re here to learn particular lessons, could anyone else really come and tell us what we came to experience?

When experience is the means of learning in this, psycho-physical reality, what does that mean for teaching important life lessons?

Clearly we’re not talking school education here (apart from experiences sought pertaining to school system experience), but working together to learn and grow as people. In other words: If anyone of us “got it,” is it at all clear that that person could transfer and teach his understanding? From what we see with the world’s bodhisattvas, it’s probably not: We may only be able to teach who’s ready to be taught—unless, perhaps we’re only learning from ourselves.

About Me

Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead—currently manager for Developer Experience at LivePerson—and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.

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