A boy once approached Socrates with the desire to obtain wisdom. Without saying a word, Socrates led the boy down to the edge of the sea and walked in, beckoning him to follow. When they were standing waist deep in the water, Socrates pushed the boy down, completely submerging his head. He held him thus for a couple of minutes, until the boy was almost to the point of death, before letting him up. Sputtering and angry, the boy demanded to know why Socrates had held him underwater for so long. In response, Socrates asked, "when you were under the water, what did you want more than anything in the world?"
After a moment's reflection, the boy answered, "I wanted to breathe."
"Ah," Socrates replied. "When you desire wisdom and knowledge as much as you desired to breathe, it is then that you shall have it."
Learning is a talent. It is something that is born from an intense desire to gain knowledge and it is something that can be practiced and improved upon. During our high school career, we have not only been learning how to conjugate verbs or how to integrate polynomials, but we have been learning how to learn. According to a Chinese proverb, "learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." Knowing how to absorb and analyze information, and then, most importantly, knowing how to use that information to better oneself and others is a talent that will help an individual in any endeavor.
Learning should be an ongoing activity in every life. There is never a point it should stop, nor is there...