Came across this in the bio for a blog:
Social scientists tell us the average human being stops learning at age 26. Stops inquiring and settles into day-by-day normalcy. I never believed in doing that. I hope you don’t, either.
The former is rather discouraging. And I so agree with the latter.
I don’t think halted learning is because people lack a thirst for knowledge. I think most jobs encourage really specific expertise, and encourage vertical learning on that one specific skill – that’s what’s rewarded financially. I believe that with lateral or horizontal learning, the rewards are more internal. That can be harder to find the time for, in the demands of day-to-day life.
Hail the lifelong learners.