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    On Mar 22, 2013 Conrad P. Pritscher wrote:

     Thank you for the opportunity to respond.  I think we can move from knowledge to understanding, from knowing to being by being present, by being compassionate,and by being open while knowing one knows very little if anything.
     Knowledge  often relates to remembering whereas understanding allows one to be open and not know, as well as allows one to forgive everyone and everything, including forgiving oneself again, and again, and again.
    I don't recall the source but I recall reading someone saying an early root of the meaning of understanding related to  forgiving.  A personal story relates to the notion of functional discontinuity which is a condensation of the thinking of 10 or 12 other people such as John Dewey, Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein.  Related to functional discontinuity, is the notion that a teacher (not only a trainer), instead of telling students what the students should know, provides  a discontinuity, a discrepancy that the student wants to understand more about, – – a  mental complexity to grapple with, the student will often do some grappling and arrive at a conclusion based on his or her experience. The function of the discontinuity is to help create a larger continuity, a greater openness including a greater openness to one's present experience. This functional discontinuity allows one to be open to a greater and larger continuity.  Functional discontinuity is dealt with somewhat in the book: Re-opening Einstein's Thought: About What Can't Be Learned from Textbooks. Einstein's view of a liberal education was that which helps one think something that can't be learned from textbooks. Being open is being beyond knowledge and common understanding.  eing open helps one understand that they do not understand. Warm and kind regards to everyone.

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    On Apr 1, 2013 madhur wrote:

    Thank you for this post. I especially benefited from the comments, which helped me realise more deeper meaning to the passage. 1. Being open minded not closed due to experience and 2. Anything done with an intent of service communicates much more rather with any self benefit were my two major learnings from this.
    I am grateful for this space and people.

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