Continued from, The new literacy
Lifehacking was not coined in those days. The process and the outcomes are summed up in the visual
Nazki the poet, Rob the painter and Professor PC Devassia, Indian Sanskrit scholar and poet were our touch stones for deciphering the literacy code. I met PCD in 1981, 75 at the time. He passed away in 2006 at over 100 years fulfilling all his goals that he had declared himself when he was 60.
He could see for forty years.
Passing the lie detector is no proof of truth and truth detectors are not yet in the market. Time will prove whether all the noise has any substance.
Has literacy, the real stuff, got anything to do with longevity or sustained high performance? Wiki has a list of lists of centenarians which comes close to our population of literate people. There are 19 categories in this list of lists. Here is the one that relates to literacy.
There is no exclusive list for economists, physicists or physicians. Their theories do not help themselves. Poets, painters, musicians, mathematicians and business men appear to be more literate.
The man, and his work:
The literacy matrix
Smoking causes cancer? Most of the cases around me are people who have never smoked from families with no history of smoking. Smoking can at best be just one of the many factors that would have gone into the making of cancer. But this one statement turns us myopic to more obvious reasons other than smoking and the cocktail effect of all those unrecognised factors. For the same reasons, we need to approach literacy from multiple perspectives and with the outcomes in mind rather than the input or intervening variables. The one outcome that we desired was literacy should take us to adulthood, enable us to self-manage and enhance community which involves
Reading and viewing to seeing
Directioning, where am I / are we going?
Reflecting, to be human is to self-reflect ?
Seek, asking questions, digital literacy, going beyond the tools
Bridging the conscious unconscious divide, aligning with the unconscious and the unknowable
Sustainability Less is more. Living without stealing from the future and not leaving any footprints. Poorrich. Community, Commons
Shifting from sprint to marathon, from shooting stars to light houses
Learning from doing
One thing we learnt in B-School from all those case studies was not to look at anything with a single lens. Use as many as possible and if there is agreement between most of them we are more likely to fare better than most.
If the lens itself is broken, we see everything as fragmented.
” How much time does it take to repair the lens?”
“24 working hours or even less”
” IF so why do we have schools?”
” Your parents have to go to work, come home from work and in between they have to pretend that they work . They also do not know what to do with you if you are not sent to school.”