The late Leo Buscaglia was a fascinating speaker and writer. In one if his talks, he made the statement that “We cannot teach what we have not learned.”
Considering the amount of people I have met that would fit “the blind leading the blind” phrase, it is worth dwelling on. In its most obvious form, we cannot teach a foreign language if we don’t understand it. Teaching nuclear physics is also a non-starter for most of us. Leo, however, went much deeper than that because his expertise was in encouraging us to be better humans, and his reason for making that statement was in the context of love. If you have never felt love, then you can never teach it effectively. Likewise if you have never had a long term friendship, then you cannot teach the values of such a relationship. Theory can only take us so far,. and then experience is needed.
“You cannot teach what you have not learned.” It is an interesting thought to dwell on because many of us do not learn too well.
A long time ago now, I started following a quite new Blog which was dog related. Within a week or two of following, the Blog owner wrote a Post explaining a dilemma that they were having with their dog, and what they were contemplating doing to resolve it.. The basis for the Post was an invitation for readers to offer their thoughts. I was concerned at what they were contemplating, and offered a far more amiable solution.
Over the course of a few days, that Post had received comments from (I believe) 8 people, all of which offered the same solutions as me. Nobody had offered support for what they (the dog owners) were planning. About a week later, a Post was published which thanked us all for our input, but they were going to proceed as originally planned!
I commented against that later Post that I had a real problem with anybody who asks for input and then totally ignores it, especially when all the input was consistent. I explained that I have a real problem when somebody wastes my time and, while I do not expect my opinion to always rule, I do expect the consistent responses in this scenario to at least trigger more thought into the dilemma. To get 8 responses against what they were proposing, and none for it ….. but go with the original plan anyway? Around 6 months later, I went looking for that site to see whether anything had changed, and it had. The Blog had apparently been closed down by its owner.
So how does that Blog and Leo Buscaglia come together? Well, given that you cannot teach what you have not learned, then one could deduce that learning is a good thing. It certainly makes each of us of more use to others as our education expands. The owners of that Blog are a great example of not learning, in that they proposed an idea … but it would seem only wanted confirmations that it was a sound plan. Any input that contradicted their thinking was simply rejected.
This scenario seems to be adequately summed up by “We learn nothing if we only listen to ourselves.” I think Leo would have liked that thought, especially as it originated from one of his quotes!
Food for thought.