Even Aristotle Introduces Pain As The Catalyst Of Learning

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Many decades ago, Aristotle uttered that “learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain.” In the real world, these words still appear authentic.

In the current century, we struggle to swallow as much knowledge as we can in a short span of time. We aim to grab the most effective learning. And this process must be done without experiencing pain or any physical torment.

Yes, most people think that pain means suffering. It means severe physical discomfort. And, for sure, no one will be ready to feel pain physically while acquiring knowledge. That means nearly everyone gives priority to fast and painless enlightenment.

However, there always remains a big question of whether learning without pain can be possible. As per Aristotle’s opinion, the torment here indicates embracing the pain of learning.

It is undeniable that illuminating intellect or grabbing wisdom always makes people sharp-witted. And every challenge to this grasping appears as pain. Moreover, we need to make our willpower a patient and sturdy tool to fight those challenges to obtain sagacity.

There is no denying that constant exercising of overpowering such hurdles indeed nourishes cognitive capability. In a word, these challenges act in the shape of pain as the catalyst of learning.

The life stories of many pioneering personalities reveal that when learning becomes challenging, it unfolds the opportunity to secure the highest wisdom. We should understand that anything easy to earn can’t possess any significant value.

Furthermore, any easy acquiring unlocks illusionary impacts and makes a man over-confident. As a result, that person begins to think everything on this earth is unchallenging and easily achievable. Even he fails to measure his capability. The mist of illusion doesn’t let him identify his deficits that need recovery.

On the contrary, any successful outcome from being challenged appears more valuable. Even its impacts are long-lasting. Facing obstacles on the path of achievement also enhances mental stamina and increases knowledge. No scope of unnecessary self-satisfaction teaches to accept and shape the pain of learning more effectively.

For every one of us, starting with a new learning journey through new activities or work unlocks new experiences. Most of the time, these experiences consist of several not-so-happy moments. Even sometimes, these unhappy occasions diminish our enthusiasm due to some suffering.

But, that journey of agony gets lost when we finally achieve our desired goal with patience and tenacity. In addition, we feel delighted with a sense of satisfaction when we look back on the painful journey and think about our present accomplishment. So many eminent personalities have revealed in their books that to reap successful outcomes, one has to pass through temporary mental strain or pressure.

An interim or short-term mental stress examines the strength of our determination and helps our mental stamina to remain active and fit. In short, the voyage of enlightenment ensures our ability to tackle adversaries.

Therefore, avoiding the pain can’t bring any benefits. We must know that human psychology never stops inventing new ways of adjusting and addressing new challenges. Human brains always act as a constant inventor of new ideas to cope with difficult situations. And these challenges or difficulties of learning keep this innovative power of the brain all the time active and lively.

Also, human brains keep the said activities going on as long we keep facing obstacles and never think to avoid the relevant pain of learning. 

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