Monthly Archives: November 2015


Yesterday, I posted something on learning, so I thought to add another thought. 

My own philosophy education could kind of be boiled to two insights. First, is the ancient Greek saying of mathein pathein.  That is, to learn is to suffer.  It is similar to what I said yesterday how pain comes from true learning because it means finding out where we were in error.

Balancing out the sober insight of the ancient Greeks and Nietzsche is Ezekiel Cheever, headmaster in Massachusetts Bay.  Cheever said children ought to come to learn as “they come to play.”  Yes, real learning is tough, but it also includes joy.  And this from a dour Puritan!