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What skill would you most like to learn in 2012?

What skill would you most like to learn in 2012? asks Scott Berkun in The Daily Post (WordPress).

First of all: my definition of “skill”. I’m anal-retentive when it comes to the meaning of words.

I’ll repeat it as many times as necessary: “skill” is just borrowed from the Old Norse word “skil”, which means both “discernment” and “knowledge”.

In icelandic, “Ég skil ekki” means “I don’t know”.

From there: “learning a skill” is either “learning knowledge” (nonsense) or “learning discernment”.

Etymology is amazing. Not only does it study where words come from, but also where they are heading, how they change throughout history.

They don’t change by any law of nature, they change because of men… And I really hate that.

Evolving is necessary, fucking up words is not. There are words we use daily without knowing where they come from. What happened to our curiosity?

Back to topic: the answer is within the question. I’ll learn discernment.

What is discernment? According to my dictionary, it is “the ability to judge well”.

There will be no argument. Just think about what “judging well” means to you.

Thanks for the question, Scott.

Discipline is freedom

Most of us have an insanely wrong image of discipline.

If you have ever been bashed, humiliated, mistreated in the name of “discipline” then it wasn’t discipline at all.

Babies are the most disciplined creatures ever.

They experiment diligently, fail many times, but always figure a way out (including moving on to something else.)

They reap the benefits of this behaviour by gaining more and more knowledge and discernment. They become more and more disciplined.

Discipline is about loving to learn.

Grown-ups can get that feeling of “acquiring” as well as babies.

Bottom line is: you will grow more and more free if you have the will to acquire knowledge and discernment in your life.

Money put aside, who wouldn’t get more of life by acquiring more knowledge and discernment, so more freedom?

I don’t know any sane being who wouldn’t.

Also: there is no freedom without a frame (or it will be the chaos.)

In the case being, discipline is the frame required to acquire more (relevant) knowledge and discernment, so more freedom!

Discipline is the key to freedom!

[More later about “skills”. You will throw off your misconceptions!]