Zombie in my Brain

I’ve been reading a fictional book about philosophy, in the sense that it’s a work of fiction that encompasses a history of major philosophers throughout the ages. The setting is a bit odd, but it makes for an easy narrative to read, and I’ve been enjoying it more than I would, say, a philosophy textbook.

What I’ve come to realize is that I don’t like reading textbooks. I don’t actually get through them, no matter how interested in the subject matter I may be, without some kind of outside influence – a class, for example, or a discussion group, or something external to me that involves other people. I’ve tried – I occasionally pick up a photography book of some sort and attempt to work my way through it, but without a purpose behind it I never get very far. The Picture a Day project was a far better way for me to learn on an individual level than a textbook has ever been.

One might think that I’m limiting myself. Maybe I am in a way, but I don’t know that it’s entirely bad to realize where I am weak at something and try to figure out a different way to go about things. Pushing through a textbook hasn’t worked yet: I need another method.

What I need is a mentor.

These days, I’m entirely unsure as to how someone finds a mentor. Who is willing to take on that kind of work? Why would they want to teach me anything? I’m fairly open to suggestion when it comes to topic – I would entertain the idea of a mentor in any area I have some interest.I’m fairly certain that I have something to learn from everyone I meet.Maybe they have something to learn from me.

What does all this have to do with a Zombie in my Brain? Probably nothing. I could make up a metaphor if you prefer – I feel like my brain is rotting through disuse, waiting to be filled up with great knowledge and information…I need an Ash with a Chainsaw for an arm to help me out.

What can you teach me?

2 Comments

  • msfancypants

    April 11, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    It’s not a weakness. I’m the same way. Some people learn differently. There are people out there who can’t learn the way you do. They HAVE to read a text book and work it out that way. You’re a visual person. You learn by doing. That’s actually a good thing.

    As for teaching you something… umm… I can teach you how to make a 7-year-old boy laugh is butt off.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      April 12, 2007 at 2:34 am

      That will be useful when I have a 7 year old boy…