As a 50-something woman who is semi-retired after about 4 careers, it's hard to put my finger on exact life-shaping moments. In fact, they continue every day. Your interview with Mike Rose was rich with ideas that fascinate me, ideas about individuality, humanity, talent, and creativity. I am passionate about these issues.
You see, I am a baby-boomer who grew up with undiagnosed learning and attention differences. I used to be severely inhibited, although I got by for most of my life through hard work and a fairly pleasant demeanor. When I was 40 I learned about my cognitive style, which got me on a path to learn about the mind and personalities (to put it generally). For the first time I understood why I sometimes appeared to be stupid. That experience opened up tremendous opportunities for me to fulfill my dream of helping others in the same situation, mostly children.
Now, in the past year I've been working hard to conquer the deepest levels of "self unsteem" that have remained with me for my whole life. Working with a professional, I was able to make many gains which have enabled me to do things I've never done before, things like speak and perform in front of groups and feel comfortable in crowds. My appreciation for the time to pursue these challenges then led me to seek out a church, and I discovered a lively and committed group of people I am happy to worship with every week. I am now working hard to acquire and practice traits like humility, gentleness, and true understanding.
So my journey has been life-altering many times over, and I'm not finished. Through programs like Being, I am constantly learning about life and people and how we relate to a spiritual being, each other, and our planet. This interview with Prof. Rose was enlightening on many levels. I was particularly interested in his comments on the "tensions" between those who learn from books and those who learn through experience. This is helping me to understand a little about the polarization of American citizens over political issues, a situation that disturbs me greatly.
Finally, I wanted to note that the Rose interview dovetails beautifully with Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligenes. He has identified 8 (maybe 9?) different kinds of "smarts:" Linguistic, Musical, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Naturalist. He has also written on Five Kinds of Minds needed by leaders of the future: Disciplinary, Synthesizing Creating, Respectful, and Ethical. His work is outstanding.
There is so much to learn and so many more life-changing moments to experience. Thank you for the shows and the opportunity to reflect on them.
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