Understand It…Whenever 一日自明

An example of teaching as learning:

So I was guiding my cousin through an intensive study of Steve Jobs’ beautifully-written commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, where he made reference to my favorite poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, putting forward his own lesson powerfully:

“You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart– even when it leads you off the well worn path. And, that will make all the difference.”

It reminded me of a scene from The History Boys, on poetry:

“I don’t always understand poetry!”

You don’t always understand it? Timms, I never understand it. But learn it now, know it now and you will understand it… whenever.” ― Alan Bennett, The History Boys

Click below to enjoy full version of Jobs’ Commencement Address at Standford University (with English subtitles):


與表妹補習英文,導她精讀已故蘋果教主Steve Jobs 05年於史丹福大學開學典禮之精妙演辭;化用我最愛詩句 “The Road Not Taken” 以傳其道,文氣如虹:

「你要相信一些東西─直覺、命運、生命、因果,不論什麼。因為相信那點點滴滴終會串連起來將賦予你信心隨性而行─ 即使它帶你偏離那行跡斑駁之路時。而那將永造差別。」

不其然想起了The History Boys裡關於詩的一段:


「你不常能理解它? 添士,我從不理解它。但現在學起來、瞭起來,那樣的話,有一日你自會理解它。」

點下面足本欣賞喬氏於美國史丹福大學就學典禮致辭: (附英文字幕)


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