Butterfly, one of the most beautiful creations of nature starts life with being a not so attractive caterpillar that doesn’t have wings to fly and looks to please. All it has ever learnt is to eat, crawl, survive and later after entering all those stages of metamorphosis, it turns into a beautiful butterfly. By the start of this butterfly stage, the caterpillar has already unlearnt whatever it knew about being a caterpillar and relearns to be a butterfly.
This lifecycle of the butterfly had the hidden art of Learn, Unlearn and Relearn. We have grown up learning different things right from childhood like crawling, walking, speaking, listening and socializing, etc. We keep learning and grow throughout our life as learning is really important for success but also exists something which is more important for success is unlearning. Unlearning is the new learning of life. We need to unlearn something old to learn something new and end up relearning.
What we have always been taught is to learn and keep exploring throughout the tenure of our existence but the world is changing with regard to everything and what holds true today would not necessarily hold true tomorrow which makes the knowledge of today incompletely inapplicable to the truths of tomorrow. Alvin Toffler said that “the illiterates of the 21st Century are not those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
The letting go of former knowledge, skills, information or habits in order to make a room for new ideas.
Humans run on blood and breaths and apart from these, habits and beliefs. Habits and beliefs are difficult to break if formed but still we unknowingly break a lot of habits and beliefs which is sort of directly connected to the art of Unlearning. We change the habits which do not suit us and eventually a new habit is flourished inside. So, Unlearning is followed by relearning while we are letting go of those old ideas, we are relearning something new.
Imagine going to a Business School and being asked to be like an empty teacup on the first day of the student’s orientation because in the days of our graduation we were so raw and carefree as this is what that phrase made us learn and this learning wouldn’t work now. Entering into the world of sophistication and courtesy required us to unlearn all those habits and ideas that used to run into our veins during the graduation days. Well, that teacup is a metaphor for our mind and being empty is the devoutness of mind from any thoughts, ideas or habits. A good amount of tea can be poured in the cup when it’s empty similarly, new things can be learnt if we unlearn the old ones.
The process of Unlearn and Relearning takes places at all stages of life, in all the genres like education, career, friendships, relationships, and feelings etc.
About The Author
Nikita Bhadoria: Nikita is working with HawksCode Softwares Pvt. Ltd. She has been passionate about writing and been in the field since her schooling days covering a variety of topics like Patriotism, Friendships, Mother’s Presence, Movie Characters, Love, Life, Seasons, etc. Writing is on future cards for her and wishes to write stories that inspire people.