This is not for me.

Posted by Hakan Erman

Motorcycles draw attention. Children can often feel that such vehicles are amazing and they show their amazement. Adults are often interested  although they now know well how to hide it.

Bikers are often approached by non-riders and the two normal questions are “how fast it goes? how much it costs?

The real information non-riders seek is not the price tag or top speed. They are there talking to the biker and evaluating once again if they can do it.

You pass them information but their mind is still processing the real question. Then the usual reaction come, presenting itself with comments like “this is not for me”, “it is very dangerous” and such.

Indeed riding a motorcycle is not for everyone, but how do they decide? In my humble opinion, the impulsive way we decide how we can not do certain things reflect our attitude towards learning.

Anyone with physical and mental sufficiency can learn to do anything competently. Most would agree with this statement but why can’t we believe in it for ourselves?From birth until reaching school age, we go through intense learning period. We learn to use our senses: touching, hearing, seeing, smelling and tasting are all very complicated processes. Then we make sense of our environment: we measure distance, identify danger, develop trust, categorise beings, identify faces, read intend, learn to walk, learn to speak… then we are sent to school.

Contrary to general assumption, current school system is there to make sure that we stop learning.  The child is shocked with class design, order, prohibitions, curriculum and teacher attitude. We learn by play but are expected to stop that… We learn by our mistakes but here we are punished for making any… Many must have watched Ken Robinson’s great speech at TED about how schools killed creativity: https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity/transcript

We need a new education system and those of us who already went through the existing system, need to remember how we learned and how good we are at it. 

In 2014 action movie “Lucy” the protagonist is given superhuman abilities and acquires all the information there is to know. But here is a problem: soon she is going to die and does not know what to do with that knowledge. She turns to a neurologist for the answer. He thinks briefly and answers “pass it on, that has been the sole purpose since the development of the first cell and dividing into two”. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nELxnSK1SHk

We must keep this in mind when, at a stop, people questions us, on our bike and on biking: we must pass first the joy and the pleasure of biking and then part of our knowledge: let us pass it on, let us keep learning and communicate what we know with passion to other.

After all, thanks to our sympathy, it may be for her or for him.

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