Learn To Unlearn Before You Relearn
“The illiterate of the future are not those who can’t read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler
Unlearning is the process of discarding something from your memory. When you unlearn something you forget it, put it aside, and you lose knowledge of it. But why exactly would you want to unlearn something? In many cases when you unlearn something you can get rid of a bad habit, preconceptions or something that is false
At a more fundamental level, life is always engaged in learning period. We are always engaged in taking in information and reacting to what we perceive. We perceive the world according to who we are, how we’ve perceived it in the past. If we want to see the world differently, we do have to break out of our perceptual filters and habits of seeing. We do need to break with our past and actively strive to see things differently.
When we allow ourselves to be controlled by our preconceived and misconceived notions, governed by myths, conditioned by false assumptions and (mis)guided by wrong opinions we have formed about people, we are not open to new ideas and are unwilling to undergo a paradigm shift. When we fail to allow our minds to let go of “mis-and-dis-beliefs” we have held and learnt over a period of time, we don’t allow ourselves to blossom.
Unlearning makes us literate, educated, and wise. Unlearning is the process of realising that something which we learnt earlier is incorrect, ineffective, or obsolete, admitting it and deciding to erase such bad conditioning and misconceptions from our mind for good. It is the process of exploring what we have stored in our system and deleting all the unnecessary data. It is the process of saying bye to an old, obsolete, and outdated paradigm, and embracing a new paradigm and willingly undergoing a paradigm shift.
Attaining knowledge is easy but attaining wisdom is difficult.
“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” Lao Tzu