To seek enlightenment, intellectual or spiritual; to do good; to love and be loved; to create and to teach: these are the highest purposes of humankind. If there is meaning in life, it lies here. Those who graduate from the leading universities have more opportunity than most to find such purpose. So why do so many end up in pointless and destructive jobs?
—  George Monbiot, Guardian columnist. Read his article: “How a corporate cult captures and destroys our best graduates”

                                            21st century learners

Probably the most important thing for kids growing up today is the love of embracing change

“How do you get kids that have curiosity and a questioning disposition?”
We’ve called this, in the past, the “Gaming Disposition”. Because if you look at the disposition of hardcore gamers (…) 

They. Want. To. Be. Measured. 

Because they want to see how much they’re improving.
And, in fact, the most common mantra of a real gamer is 

                                  “If I ain’t learning, it ain’t fun.”

- John Seely Brown

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There’s so much you can learn from one person. You can learn the pain behind their eyes, the mystery of ones brain, and the darkness in ones heart. You can learn their ways of life, their struggles, and how they deal with certain things. But there are things you don’t learn. You grow out of them.

We grow up not caring about what others think because there are others just like us. As we grow, we forget the ways we lived and that everyone is the same. Today, you can learn so much on the internet that we forget to give ourselves a reality check.

You learn new things about yourself when you walk away from social media. You do, however, learn more about your self-esteem, your mind, and how creative you can get by looking online.

I was looking through my feed today and found a post about a boy named Jamie, who loves to wear dresses, and can seriously strike a pose. He inspires you to be yourself no matter who tells you that you can’t. His sister is helping him to stay true to himself.

I follow thatsthat24 and the things he reblogs really inspire me to make certain changes in the way I portray myself. By that, I mean just staying true to myself and make sure your weirdness stands out. I’d seriously like to thank Thomas for that.

I challenge you to get off of social media for a few days. Take that time to find a new talent, try a different hobby, or maybe try to get in touch with your inner self. Trust me, you’ll learn a lot that way.

Chinese words are often formed by combining two existing characters to form new meanings. Here a few examples of the some of the different ways that the Chinese word zhōng (中), meaning middle, can be used to form other words. If you want to learn more about zhōng, or other characters, then please take a look at our new Chinese Character Course, Lesson 3, 上,下, 中.

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365 days ago

I boarded a plane which led me to Japan, from there on I had a year filled with adventures:

  • I traveled in Japan for 4 weeks
  • 5 weeks later I spontaneously moved to Switzerland
  • I fell in love with the culture, language, landscape, people, and my job
  • I traveled around Europe on my days off
  • I can speak French so well now & I started learning German
  • I turned 21! And celebrated with goat cheese & onion PIZZA
  • I almost got deported and came back to California 7 months early
  • I struggled to get through it all, but was supported by amazing friends s/o klo-photo, talean-bean, mindofclay and others :)
  • I bonded with friends back home over beers, hot tubs, and parties
  • I visited Boston, New York, and Toronto and visited my beest friend
  • I went for an 8 day roadtrip with my beest friend and visited 4 national parks, 1 national monument, buffalo, and 1 badass canyon
  • I got everything sorted to continue my degree in Seattle starting in September
  • And 2 weeks ago, I moved to Alaska for the summer

So in summary, I traveled to 11 different countries, lived in Europe, learned 2 languages, said YES! to adventure, learned what it means to be independent and dependent, experienced freedom and love like I have never before, and to explore the self: “an evolving subject, forever in need of revisiting” 

Studying, done right, can be the most rewarding of all activites.
It is stimulating, but relaxing. You’re focused, but wandering through your mind.  Your mind is abuzz, but your body breathes slow. You’re alone, but in the company of millenia of thinking.
You pick something up, take it apart and you make it your own. You’re literally assembling your future thoughts. You’re in control of how you will see the world.

You’re growing, but you’re raising yourself.

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