"Learning has always been made much of, but forgetting has always been deprecated; therefore pedantry has pretty well established itself throughout the modern world at the expense of culture"
- Albert J. Nock
About this Quote
This quote by Albert J. Nock speaks to the idea that modern-day society has actually become extremely concentrated on understanding and knowledge, while neglecting has been prevented. This has actually led to a society of pedantry, where people are more concerned with remembering facts and figures than with recognizing the much deeper significance behind them. This has actually resulted in a lack of true culture, as people are more concentrated on the surface area degree of knowledge instead of the deeper understanding of the world around them. Nock's quote is a suggestion that expertise is important, yet it ought to not be the only emphasis of our lives. We ought to strive to recognize the world around us, and also to value the elegance of society as well as the relevance of neglecting.
"Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn"