I was having an interesting conversation with a lady (just now) discussing our sun and some of the research done. Then, the conversation went to the prison system, where she works as a counselor, and the dynamics. She was explaining that conversations like ours are becoming a thing of the past.
The reason I mention this is she was educating me about both subjects, information which I appreciated and will store for future consideration. Then, as the conversation grew, I noticed something, that she had a tendency to overthink and get too excited in what her friend shared. So, I explained that there is a difference between information and understanding, and she appreciated the conversation. Never worry about what you’re learning until you truly see it for yourself.
Now, this might be difficult to understand, but I’ve seen others “get it,” my childhood friends got it, and I think she got it too. *Interestingly, the few young adults who were home schooled “got it” immediately. But for some reason, older people are more difficult to explain what seems so very simple to me and my friends.
There’s a difference between “understanding” and understanding. In the first case, you get the information, see how the parts go together, see how the information goes down the rabbit trail so to speak. So, like science fiction, the idea of a “new” innovative electronic device is being presented. It is exciting. It sounds amazing, and of course, the public will like it. But the proof will be in the pudding: when it’s out there. Many an entrepreneur has failed many a times on great ideas, and some experiments have shown great ideas don’t work in actual practice. Like when the Wright Brothers attempted flight. They had to redesign over and over again. But even in psychological reasoning this has shown. Great thoughts. Some work in practice, others don’t. There is a reason. Human beings are not robots. We can’t just fix things. There are things that textbooks can’t answer.
In the second, it truly is real. There is a far cry difference between having information and really getting it. The difference is like reading about the Grand Canyon and being there, seeing it for yourself. It’s the difference between thinking you’ve solved a personal problem, perhaps talking to friends and others (In my friend’s case, a therapist.), then waking up and going “ah haaaa, I see it now.” Then the person’s life changes for the better. In the first case, the information was logical, but a human being is not information only. In the second, the person “saw” what was causing the problem, perhaps something that happened in childhood, perhaps an old resentment, and after “seeing it”, the problem fell away seemingly on it’s own. For some people, the problem doesn’t fall away just by seeing. Perhaps there’s something else needing seeing, or perhaps something not yet understood. Perhaps time.
There is a type person that believes whatever comes out of their mouth. In some situations, they had a “strong” parent who kept telling them things (and supported them only when they agreed), maybe a mentor later, that they were looking for to adore and worship. From that point forward, the very personality they cling to becomes everything to them. They are what they are. And they absolutely can’t think for themselves. And when they are in doubt, because someone who challenges with new and real information comes along, they rush back to their “colleagues” to get reinforcement. Then come back stronger. Seemingly. But they’re mists. They’re images. They seem to mean something but they’re lost in their will and thinking. And yet, they will do this to others. They will demand that others agree with them or “off with their he#ds.” A strange phenomenon. Yet, we have seen this with historical figures, even in bosses, and certainly in clicks. The thing to do is never doubt your own understanding. But also, be willing to relook. There’s nothing wrong with being the “out” person at a university, the one others don’t listen to for the rest are following their supported behavior. Be patient. You will find those who understand you. They are everywhere. It’s just that most people of clear understanding don’t go looking for others. They’re happy in themselves, in their families, among their friends, and keep their nose to work and responsibility.
Understanding is a gift. We’re born with it. And everyone has it. I have learned to put into words what was so common while growing up. However, it seems, with all the information out there, people are getting lost in the information stream. People are drowning from confusion and redirection. No worries. It’s in you. Like in the movie, The Wizard of Oz, you’ve always had it. Just people keep looking everywhere but where they are.
Reading books from Nate Shiransky, C.S. Lewis, the framers of America, Martin Luther King Junior, George Washington, and many of those long ago brings back the common sense discussions and what people of understanding realized.