Today I happened to read a famous, and quite popular (I am sure many of you have heard some form of it) quote of a futurist called Alvin Toffler. Wikipedia defines a futurist as a person who studies the future and makes predictions about it based on current trends. (nothing to do with astrology or something like that). The quote made me reflect..
On a literal reading, it makes a lot of sense. We are still a long way before removing the original form of illiteracy, which is a concern. Beyond that, the triad of abilities (learn, unlearn and relearn) is the way used by all to stay relevant in the modern world. We see many sorts of transformations and conversations in the world; believers become atheists and vice-versa; liberals to conservatives and vice versa; change in ideology; critical voices to fundamentalists and vice versa; All these transformations (whether extremely significant or not) do invite the person to undergo that transformations. When a major theory is changed, scientists do have to undergo the same. Takeover of a company by another or a new CEO at the top also brings tremendous transformation occasionally. Those who follow the path of triad are mostly successful.
Another interesting aspect here is how one can decide what to unlearn (from the immense amount of learnings you have) and what to relearn (from tremendous amounts of options you can choose from). Probably a corporate answer would be throw away what is useless and take what is useful. But the struggle is, everything in life can’t be just taken and thrown on the basis of usefulness and uselessness at one point of time. This is probably not an easy task; I would like to make you disappointed if you are searching for a ready-made answer, as I don’t have one of those kind. A very ideal answer could be discern well, and throw away what hinders you and accept what can support you in becoming the AUTHENTIC ME. But the authority for making the discernment should lie within you, not with social media (as a webaqoof), or leaders of your religion or ideology or anything else.
For me, a perfect modern example of the one who adopted this triad in a positive manner is Pope Francis. He was the Jesuit Provincial (top authority of Jesuits) of Argentina and his style of functioning was quite autocratic. He later underwent a tremendous conversion in his leadership style and now he is a leader of the masses. As a follower of Christ, he models Jesus in his dealings. I truly believe he has found his authenticity.