One of my vivid memories from school is calculus. Sitting in rows trying to keep up. Getting marks for being able to replicate what was going up on the Board.
The trouble was, I could do it, but didn’t really understand it. I couldn’t pull it apart and play with it. Be intimate with it. I could pass the exam, but was a mechanic with it, not an engineer, or an artist. But it did the job, I got the grades and moved on. I regret that – maths is a beautiful subject that I’m only getting to grips with now – a long time on. Learning to play with it.
With the change that we’re in, the skills we have learned will become obsolete at an accelerating rate. A little like software that’s just been updated.
The artist who codes it though, the person who understands how how it works, who can play with it, who can create from first principles, will thrive.
Learning keeps you current. Understanding gives you freedom.