The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
From a very young age I sensed, and later realized, that the games that we are all taught to play in life might not be the right ones, not for me personally, and maybe not for the world either.
School was the perfect example of my dichotomy. Inherently feeling that society was playing the wrong game of education, I never cared much about grades and was willing to invest time and effort only in those subjects that fascinated me. Even then, my goal was never to achieve good grades. Seeking the rationale behind the curriculum subjects, I was disappointed repeatedly when teachers couldn't adequately address that question. Clearly, learning more about topics that specifically interested me meant looking for more information myself. Before you shrug, smile, and think to yourself, “Well, there's the Internet…” keep in mind that the Internet didn't make its big splash into our lives until some 20 years later, so my only option was combing library after library, searching in physical books.
A question that puzzled me endlessly was why we need to learn the things we were being taught. Simply put: Why should we study math, physics, literature, and music, and how might they integrate into new holistic understandings and not just fields of accrued knowledge? ...