I can appreciate that you are faced with a very important thinking
dilemma--that when we chose to "understand" something, we thereby limit
ourselves. But how many of us never reach this awareness--that our own
understanding of something and the context within which we understand
something, may be limited?
For example, I received a request from a group of Asian students to attend
a conference on cultural influences on education (or something like that).
When I spoke with them about it, they pointed out that the American
school system has an Anglo-Saxon heritage which determines its model and
structure. How is it that I never realized that my understanding of
"school" was so strongly influenced by Anglo-Saxon culture and tradition?
I had failed to consider the limitations of my own understanding, and as a
result, I had overlooked the evidence all around me.
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