Tuesday, May 29, 2007

On Lifelong Learning

This article about Tom Norton is worthy of note.

He has eight Masters degrees, all awarded since he took early retirement ten years ago.
Respect is due.

I'm not sure why anyone might wish for eight master degrees.
I'm not sure that possession of a Masters Degree actually indicates mastery of a particular subject.
However, Mr. Norton's degrees point to a man who is, without a doubt possessed of a curious and enquiring mind, who is still learning for the sake of learning.

I was struck by the quotation from E H White's "Once and Future King" mentioned in the article.
"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails."

How true that is.

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