Ancora Imparo

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I went out today to grab some tea and a little lunch after leaving work early, and stumbled upon a little cafe that I hadn’t been to yet, which is rare in this city. I ordered my lunch and sat down at a little table near a group of men and women that didn’t look too far off from my age, maybe a touch older, and couldn’t help but eavesdrop on their conversation a bit. They were talking about life in a very general sense for a while, but then they came upon a topic that is very important to me, one that I feel should be important to everyone; Learning.

One of the men sitting nearest to me said something a bit shocking. He said quite causally, “I really feel like I’ve learned all I need to know in life”. His friends nodded and agreed with his sentiments, adding things like “yeah, I feel the same way” or “exactly, what else is there that we really have to learn?” I sat at my little table, sipping on my cup of Earl Grey, completely confused by the whole thing; how could there possibly be nothing left for them to learn? Have they explored every country? Read every book? Heard every song? Learned every language? How could they possibly have learned and absorbed all of this information, all of this knowledge, in the short few decades that they’ve been alive?

The short answer to those questions that raced through my mind is that they haven’t, and they never will. Not with that attitude and thought process. At no point in anyone’s life will there be nothing left to learn. Knowledge is infinite, and there will always be something new out there in the world that you have yet to experience, or even hear about. There are tribes in Africa with customs that we know nothing about. There are new scientific breakthroughs happening every single day that have yet to be published. There is new technology being thought of every second that has yet to be completed. There are new lives entering the world at every moment, that you may never have the chance to learn about. Even Johann Goethe, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Leonardo da Vinci left the world before they had the chance to learn everything, and just imagine how much more there would be for them to learn if they were to come back into the world today.

Learning is something that is immeasurably important to me. It is the thing that keeps me going every day. I hope to learn as much as possible about the world. I want to travel and see as much of it as I can in my lifetime. I want to sit down with people from different walks of life and hear their stories. I want to write my own stories, to add to the material out there for people to consume. I want to learn. For the rest of my life, the thing I want to do most is to learn.

Ancora imparo. These were the words I wanted to say to those people sitting next to me, the ones that thought they knew everything, but really knew nothing. Ancora imparo. The words uttered by Michelangelo at the age of 87. Translated from Italian, it simply means “I am still learning”. Even one of the greatest minds, the sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer, knew that he still had so much left to learn.

With that, this post of ramblings and thoughts is over. If there’s one thing you take from this, I hope it is that you can never be done learning. There will never be a moment when there is nothing left in the world for you to learn and explore.
Ancora imparo.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

20 thoughts on “Ancora Imparo

  1. Your post reminded me of a quote by my favorite artist, Hokusai. He ws an old master but considered himself to be still learning: I have been in love with painting ever since I became conscious of it at the age of six. I drew some pictures I thought fairly good when I was fifty, but really nothing I did before the age of seventy was of any value at all. At seventy-three I have at last caught every aspect of nature–birds, fish, animals, insects, trees, grasses, all. When I am eighty I shall have developed still further and I will really master the secrets of art at ninety. When I reach a hundred my work will be truly sublime and my final goal will be attained around the age of one hundred and ten, when every line and dot I draw will be imbued with life. – from Hokusai’s ‘The Art Crazy Old Man”
    ― Hokusai Katsushika

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  2. I have to agree! I believe in reincarnation and I believe that we keep coming back until we earn everything that we have to learn. I used to own a book called The Power of Karma. Check it out,it explains a lot! I hope I didn’t cross the line by talking about my beliefs and I hope you don’t think I’m weird either. I’m into the paranormal and self help and all stuff related to this. I don’t have the book anymore though. I had given it to a therapist that I had as a gift.

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    1. This is exactly what I was thinking, yet I would disagree that one could ever learn everything, because with each incarnation new things are being developed and found so there will always be more to learn. For me that is the most exciting part of reincarnation because I think life and learning are just too much fun to not continue for an eternity.

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    3. Thanks for the great words on that line. Reading it again I like it more.And my spell check kept changing Bilbo to Bible, so I missed one–anymore? Thanks for the tip.This is hardly a full study of Providence. But it struck me that Tolkien’s theistic influence is a “latent Christianity,” to use C.S. Lewis’ phrase, throughout this work. I suspect there are whole libraries of studies on Providence in literature.

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  3. It is pretty much impossible to learn everything. But that’s the joy in life, right? Knowing that there’s always another book to read or another place to go see?

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    1. I believe that’s the purpose of life, to learn evweything. That’s why we reincarnate,to correct past mistakes. Once we learn everything we can stay in heaven otherwise we continue to reincarnate.

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  4. That’s so sad and I feel so sorry for the guys’ point of view… Learning is a sistematic process and that’s the beauty of it! Learning was the reason I signed to YOU app. I love to see places I’ve never been, diferent cultures, what people from other countries eat and, last but not least, how they think. I really believe I’m growing as a person doing that. And I feel so happy to be given this oportunity to learn from you. Have a wonderful weekend! =)

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    1. Thanks so much! I completely agree, that app has been absolutely amazing for that, as well as just all around bettering ourselves as people! I absolutely love it, and the friends I have made there! 💜

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  5. Hear, hear!! 🙂 You said it all! Living and learning are so intertwined there is no way we could ever stop – the day we stop learning is the day we stop living!

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      1. Gala, c’est bien ce que font les Israéliens puisque les Arabes vivaient en Arabie à ces époques lointaines, ils n&steuo;qxisraient pas en terre sainte. Les Israéliens tiennent bien compte de la présence arabe qui a suivi. Ce sont les Arabes qui ne veulent pas négocier, pas les Israéliens qui ne font que défendre leur légitime présence dont les peuples arabes, qui vinrent là longtemps après les Juifs de Judée expulsés par Hadrien, des siècles après, ne veulent pas !

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  6. I cant believe they said all that, haha. Saying I’ve learned everything i need to know is like saying, “well, looks like i don’t need to do laundry again as it is all done.” The fact is, laundry will be needed to do again and learning more will continue as well. There is so much to learn in this life from cultures and new found hobbies to skills. You can never stop learning as the old saying goes: “You learn something new everyday.” It is just a matter if you except it or not.

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