On the nature of things

Many sleepless night have been devoted to understanding questions about life, the universe, and well everything we can perceive or attempt to understand… That being said — you have to be present in the moment. That moment has to be all about the journey. It has to be about what you invest in it. Passively running out the clock defies the point of the journey. You have to invest in the actions you are taking. You have to be present. You have to invest. We strive to move forward in different ways. However, you should begin with the simple premise that life, the universe, and everything is 100% about the process of investing in the journey. You get out of journey what you put into the journey. In my humble and brief experience — life, the universe, and everything is 100% about how you invest in the journey.

I started out writing a treatise about education. Specifically, I started to write about online education. Those observations quickly expanded from a specific use case to general theory. In terms of being a use case, online education is for the most part a self-service education installation that provides a guided journey. I have spent a significant amount of time thinking about how higher education can be a like an art installation. A campus in general can change our perception about our learning space. Community is the fundamental different between my experiences living on a college and attending college vs. participating in online education. We know that communities of place, circumstance, and interest are incredibly powerful. Fundamentally we are better off together working toward the common goals implied in our social contract. However, even the best education environment is about what you put into it. If you are passive participant in your education at the best possible institution, then you will not get everything you could get out of that experience.

My junior and senior years of college at the University of Kansas I got very interested in the concept of civil society. I had taken a class on it and the guided readings and lecture was work class. The professor was outstanding. The class met one time per week and we had very lengthy discussions about civil society. They were not rushed or hurried. The class was 3 hours long. The next class that professor taught after the one I attended was at Oxford University in England. I would argue the quality of education was world class. However, the tipping point related to me truly understanding the material occurred after the class ended. I checked out the entire shelf of civil society books from the library. I then read that entire shelf of books. “The academy” is a concept that is both alive within higher education and something that exists in scholarly articles, publications like books, and classrooms. A number of ways exist to tap into “the academy”. Online education would open the door to academic databases and provide course syllabuses that would open the academy’s door.

You may not agree with my observations on the nature of things. That is ok. The search for feedback never stops. Accepting and internalizing feedback is the hardest part. Translating criticism into action is never easy. That translation requires both acceptance of what is being said and an understanding of what to do with it.

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