All our lives we are taught by strangers. We are told to listen, respect and learn from their teachings. It’s been a long since teaches actually taught us something worth learning though and that’s the problem! Partly because ‘nothing that is worth knowing can be taught’ but more so because our teaches aren’t actually teaching. They’re regurgitating.
It is truly marvellous to encounter a teacher that actually cares about fostering knowledge and endeavours to open our eyes. They’re rare as hens teeth these people…those who encourage free thought beyond the constraints of the shadows, the confines of an education imposed on us and built around the stupendous manufacture-consumer system.
We are surrounded by people that care about our progress to a certain extent. These people care to a point of ensuring self preservation, they teach only enough to allow them to progress themselves…you may recognise these people but they too are regurgitating strangers. There are lessons to be learnt from our encounters with these strange teaches as I truly believe that everyone has something to offer. Whether that be a lesson on how not to do things, or act as a teacher not by regurgitation but by example, by inclusion, by inspiration.
When you meet someone who knows enough to teach you, when that same person knows that you also are a teacher from whom they can learn also, and that together you grow and contribute and learn from each other, they become your true teachers.