Learning Used To Suck!
Stated less plainly, finding valid information and resources in the past was more about actually finding it, than choosing between a plethora of options, like we see more and more today.
iPhones are the perfect example of how much information can be found through something so small, yet so connected. It’s clear that it’s actually the internet that provides this iPhone with it’s information; the internet, wow, what a thing. We have unlimited access to information of all kinds: true, false, biased, awesome, stupid, sexy; it’s all interpreted differently by everyone.
If you’ve ever heard of the “omnivore’s dilemma,” which says that, as omnivores, the most unselective eaters, we humans are faced with a wide variety of food choices, resulting in a dilemma, then you know exactly what I am talking about; we have so many options to choose from, how could we ever decide which is best?
The same can be said for the amount of information, about lacrosse, and everything that has to do with it, that is available. Certainly, this could be viewed as a good thing, but then again, perhaps it is not. There is something to be said about the amount of time we spend on running all these different scenarios back and forth in our minds, about which information to believe and which to apply; unfortunately, all information cannot be taken in utterly good faith and we really do need to determine what to believe.
Not too long ago, many of the things we spent time learning how to do were not scattered all over the internet; stringing is a perfect example. I taught myself how to string based on pictures on E-Lacrosse, old pockets, and from players on my team. Now, the information is out there; it may be hard to piece it all together to get a full, comprehensive story about a pocket and how to string it, but I bet if you had someone who could show you the order in which to watch all the videos that are available, then you could learn just fine.
Now it is more about finding a package of information that has been tailored to your needs, rather than taking what is available and tailoring it to your needs yourself.
Some of you may detect that I have been alluding to the distracting nature of our current culture; the focus is on more, and more faster than ever. Maybe I’m just in awe of a renaissance man, but perhaps there is something in the process of learning, while wholly focused, that is the actual learning itself? I am always skeptical of things that come too easy; the old “too good to be true” saying comes to mind.
I can make a metaphorical example by comparing the type of reading and thinking it takes to read a book vs. read a Twitter feed, article or the like; books take investment and time, while an article does not require nearly as much. I’d like to use this as a platform to think about how we might be learning about things lacrosse, or otherwise, in saying that I get the feeling that there is more to learning than absorbing facts, but it’s truly the process of learning in which we learn the most, about the subject as well as ourselves.
Since there is only a week remaining, please share and get your book or DVD now! The DVD ships in January sometime, and the book later next summer – it’ll be worth it! Share with your friends too! And take my poll; I could be coming to your town! Let’s learn together!