Albert and Ben have answered this question – you might also know them by Einstein and Franklin.
Here’s what Albert Einstein has to say:Albert Einstein
Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 70
We lose our childhood curiosity. Our values and goals are replaced by societies. We die when we let others do our thinking and set our priorities for us.
Once your stop learning, you start dying.Benjamin Franklin
Your brain exists to learn. We don’t need to crucify, hang or cut a person for them to suffer. One of the most painful things we can do to others is deprive them of cognitive stimuli – to take away any opportunity for their brain to learn and function.
The irony is we voluntarily hurt ourselves this way. We trade the opportunity to learn for the anaesthetic of pleasure. Streaming videos and scrolling media might be easy. They might numb our pain, but we’re no longer living and instead merely existing. To live is to learn. It’s not easy, and at times it hurts. But to completely experience the joy of life, we must also be open to the pain. You can have both or neither.
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw
So remember to sing, dance, draw, read, tinker, run, learn, love and laugh your way out of an early grave.Published in