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Summing It All Up

Updated on September 26, 2017
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Demas is the father of five and "Grampa" for 17 along with freelancing, editing, and publishing such books as his "Haiku American Style."

Youth with its promise is nothing when compared to age and its knowledge.
Youth with its promise is nothing when compared to age and its knowledge. | Source

What You Don't Know

What you don't know yet

will change your life when you do.

Get that knowledge now.

Seek Out Wisdom From Your Elders

Some people choose to learn from their own mistakes.

Other people choose to learn from the mistakes and the wisdom of others.

Who understands their mistakes and can help you learn from them?

You might do worse than to befriend and benefit from the mistakes and lifetime wisdom elders around you could enjoy sharing with you.

First, however, perhaps we should define who is "an elder."

To become "wise beyond your years" a jump start can be provided you by someone who has lived more, experienced more, and is willing to share some of their accumulated wisdom.

In that sense, "an elder" doesn't have to be someone who is simply "older" than you are, as long as they have "lived more" and "experienced more" that may be relevant to what you can benefit by learning from them.

And don't think you have to travel the world and personally meet such people, though you are free to do so, if you are free to do so.

There are biographies and autobiographies you can read. There are recorded interviews you can listen to. There are surprisingly bright and fluent "elders" within your own outreach who can be mentors and counselors and friends.

I am convinced that no one person knows all that you would like to know. I also believe that there are people available to you who know things you need to know but don't realize you need to know.

How would you go about tapping such knowledge today and in your future tomorrows?

First accept that you are human and humans are meant to never stop learning. In fact, it would be impossible for you to be sentient and stop learning.

So first decide what you believe you need to learn. Then decide how you might best learn what you believe you need to learn, and how you might learn it most quickly.

Brigham Young counseled his Mormon followers to "Seek out truth where truth is to be found."

There are two key words in that quote: "seek" and "truth." To find the truths you will need, you must seek them out. There are few sign posts for that, but there are guides, if you first seek them out and cultivate them with friendship and openness.

While the world may not be your oyster, there are pearls to be found, if you will only seek for them.

Happy hunting, and may every one of your life's paths be as smooth as possible.

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"Seek out truth where truth is to be found."

Some reading is just for enjoyment  while offering little personal gain besides its pleasures.  There is other reading that offers learning, collected wisdom, logic, and truth.  Choose wisely and well.
Some reading is just for enjoyment while offering little personal gain besides its pleasures. There is other reading that offers learning, collected wisdom, logic, and truth. Choose wisely and well. | Source

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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear William,

      It is always unnecessary and sad whenever we don't learn from our own mistakes. They should be signposts behind us, not reminders that we came this way before. ; - )

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Jay,

      Choosing what lessons to retain and use, and which to ignore and discard, is part of seeking out truth. We should all give it our best shots.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Ann,

      So much we could have learned from our parents and grandparents is lost to mortality when they die, simply because no one ever sought out the answers or even contemplated the questions. Old photos and who are they, where was it, when? What is war really like? What do you regret not doing, not learning? And when did you last listen to an older person? So it goes. D.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I enjoyed your thoughts, Demas. When I was younger, I learned from my own mistakes. Years later, I wonder if that's changed at all. Hopefully, some of what I learned when I was younger is to look to others for guidance when needed.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Louise,

      As for me, some of the skills I learned were hunting, fishing, and story telling, safe driving skills, compassion, and empathy. I learned that it was okay for a man to cry, and that seemingly bad things do happen to good people. I could add many equally significant skills, but these were the first that came to mind.

      Thanks for commenting. D.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool Demas. I am a research freak. I just love digging in and learning. Wow did I learn a whole lot from my honorary uncle and my father. Grandpa taught me really cool things like growing stuff and fishing and how and why to take care of tools.

      This kind of reminds me of a thought of mine. My elders taught me more by example than words.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Very good article, but a word of warning. Be careful whom you select as your Elder, Teacher, Adviser. Some people teach wrongly, though they may appear correct at first. Seek out many and varied opinions, relying on none. Sift through the opinions and form your own.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      We can indeed learn much from others. I often wish I had asked my grandparents more questions. They taught me much (and my parents did) but I could have found out so much more. It's important to be aware of this as you grow and of course to keep on asking. So true that we never stop learning.

      I like your point about knowing what and where to ask.

      Ann

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      I agree, human beings never stop learning. I love reading, and have always got a book on the go. Yes, we can very much learn from our elders and gain a lot of wisdom from them.

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