Do you prefer to learn in terms of formal education or self education?
Up until I graduated from San Diego Mesa College, a community college, I preferred to learn in terms of formal education. If I had known then what I know now, I would’ve stopped there, but I didn’t.
I attended a university to pursue my bachelor’s degree in philosophy so I could go to law school because at the time, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. I was told that if I wanted to be a really awesome lawyer, I needed to major in philosophy. Why? Because philosophy focuses on analytical thinking and logic.
If you’ve ever seen the movie The Lincoln Lawyer, you know what I’m talking about. Philosophy teaches you how to logically persuade like no other, so that if you ever show up to court with little to no hard evidence to prove your case, you know you’re still golden because you know how to prove a guilty man innocent and then turn around and prove him guilty just by logic and persuasion with evidence you didn’t even provide.
Even though I wasn’t seeking to be a manipulative lawyer, I wanted to see what these upper division philosophy classes had to offer me.
There were some pretty cool classes and I did learn intense forms of logic, which is pretty much calculus in the form of language. Very difficult, but very useful. But overall, I didn’t like sitting in a desk for hours on end anymore being told what to do and what dry information I needed to read about. I became so bored during lectures that I really never paid attention anymore and the thought of philosophy made me feel as if it were a bunch of useless opinions trying to find real meaning in the world.
My grades started to slip and there was no “hands on” learning about philosophy in classrooms, so I became more interested in learning the physics of skydiving. Would you rather learn about terminal velocity in a classroom or learn about it in an airplane mock up? Mock ups are so much fun to learn on and so is the actual skydive itself!
At this turning point, I realized that I was just not meant to learn anything in a classroom anymore, nor did I really want to go to law school anymore. So I decided to start educating myself with philosophy during my new adventures with skydiving, because philosophy is actually pretty damn rad. Learning about the many paradoxes in life and learning how to master your own mind according to Buddhism and Stoicism (which are both philosophies, not religions) are definitely useful in life and directed me towards learning about quantum physics.
And what does quantum physics teach us? Everything Nikola Tesla tried to show people back in his days. It teaches us about the way in which spirituality works. And what is spirituality? It’s energy, pure energy. Really, that’s all it is. Spirituality is all energy. Maybe we should adopt another name, as the word spirituality tends to give off a bad “woo-woo” flavor to most people who don’t understand it. Or maybe just name it spiritual physics and tell people you are going through an energy awakening. Ha!
So because I’ve learned a lot on my own about philosophy and other important aspects of life, I’m definitely an advocate of self education after community college. It’s not for everyone but it’s definitely for me.
I do feel that formal education up until graduating from a community/jr. college is a must though. In my opinion, most kids don’t know what they really want to do in life right after high school, and don’t have much experience being an adult. So spending two years in college can help them grow as an adult while they learn various basic studies instead of focusing on just one they may not even like later on and having to pay back grandiose amounts on student loans for a degree they don’t use. They also not only learn more about potential career paths through various basic studies but about themselves so that they can make a better decision on whether they want to go ahead towards an ungraduate degree at a university or learn on their own, maybe as an entrepreneur of some sort.
What do you think? What is your preferred learning style?