Philosophy of Learning TAKEAWAYS 2018/10/17 (80% is Psychology Series)

Takeaways from our event on October 17th, 2018. Thanks for the discussions. For photos, etc., please see https://www.facebook.com/colorfulgrowth/

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About mathias sager

PSYCHOLOGIST and Independent Researcher I'm born in Zurich and grew up in Switzerland. For many years I lived in Tokyo, and also in Pune/India. I'm passionate about developing human potential, which is an overarching theme throughout all my work that is based on research and supported by intuition and art. Through teaching, counseling, and leading indivuals and teams around the world my goal is to inspire with interdisciplinary, innovative, and cross-cultural approaches to personal and professional development for individual well-being and the common good alike. Happy if you reach me on www.mathias-sager.com, connect on social media, or email directly to goodthings@mathias-sager.com. Developing human potential is my passion! - Independent Awareness Intelligence Research (mathias sager - Psychology, global) - MSc in Psychology (University of Liverpool) - Postgraduate in Conflict Management, Leadership and Crisis Communication (University of Applied Sciences Winterthur, Switzerland) - Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA, iimt Fribourg, Switzerland) - Bachelor in Education Sciences (Switzerland)
  • I truly enjoyed this. I have been working on my human potential for all my life, and at 77, I believe I have learned so much that is good and done so many things that were such an adventure and so fulfilling in my life. I never cared much at all for material things or even a lot of money. It is really rewarding when you start an adventure and have very little to work with. You can benefit so much from this attitude in life. I have not turned down the opportunities for adventure that have come along and I don’t regret anything that has happened in my lifetime because it was all good for learning in the end. We don’t just learn from our successes; we learn as well from our challenges and failures, if there is such a thing. Without those, we might never learn to have compassion for others, nor how to deal with these issues the next time they come around. Thank you kindly.

    • mathias sager says:

      Hi Anne
      Thank you very for your insights, which are inspiring and encouraging. Of course, there is nothing wrong with living a materially good life, but if freedom, adventure, and learning are the tax to pay for it (which it often is), I am not entering such a deal with my ego:-).
      I agree that learning also happens especially when we are challenged, for example by so-called failures. I think (if anything) we can take wisdom with us on our eternal existence, why I love Gandhi’s quote “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
      Thanks again, and all the best!

  • Thank you kindly, Mathias. It is good to be alive. I Love Gandi’s quote, and also, I think there is no such thing as failure except the failure to try or try again and again. Life is short, and yes, it is easy to live this way when we grow older because there is a lot of truth in it, but it is just as true for the young people too. I do not regret a single day of my life because I have lived it fully, and always did what was most important and adventuresome for me. I had exciting jobs and did exciting things pretty much all of my life. I have seen the evolution of an entire town in Mexico due to changes in their economy from their pottery making. Some of it was good, but a lot of it was not. Having more money and “success,” causes a lot of folks to lose a lot of what the best parts of being a human being entail.

    • mathias sager says:

      Hi Anne
      Thanks again. I can feel the adventure in your lines. I agree with you, whether young or old and as we don’t know, we actually are all the same distance from death. Unfortunately we (and especially the young) assume they still have plenty of time. If there is a shortage of anything, it is that we run out of time.
      Take care and continue sharing your experiences.
      Thanks, Mathias

      • Thank you kindly for your response. And I guess that we don’t anticipate that so-called progress in society is not necessarily what we think it is. I saw the village people become less concerned for others within their little community, and discontinue taking care of those who needed it. And they also became very greedy in the way they spent their money because they had never had any before, so it went to their heads in a bad way. Before, there was a strong sense of their community, but as time went on, it seemed very fractured and people were more interested in themselves than the community as a whole. They could have done so much to help each other. For me, it was very sad to witness from the way I saw them when we first worked with them.

      • mathias sager says:

        Hi Anne. Thanks for your further input. I agree that so-called progress should be assessed critically. It is, for example, also the first time in history, that the next generation’s life expectancy is decreasing. Consumption and with it stress levels increase, and societies seem to count on artificial intelligence and financial capital rather than human capital. Indeed, it is easy to be(come) smart, but difficult to be/remain kind as your example is illustrating as well. Thanks again, take care and all the best