Imagine using the layout of the underground as a metaphor for our brains and the learning process. However, also imagine that we did not have this plan above to help us and we needed to map the routes and locations ourselves. There seems to me to be two different ways to approach how to do this.
1. We could get on every train and get off at each junction until it all becomes clear in our mind.
2. We could ask others that have already got onto these trains and that have gone down these junctions and get them to describe what they saw and how far it is etc.
To me, life is probably a combination of both approaches. I have to admit that I do prefer the second approach for myself as it seems to me to be lot quicker to map all the routes though it may not be as accurate as doing it all myself. But I can always go down any sections that seems to have some errors or inconsistencies.
Getting on and off every train that comes along can be very time consuming and tiring but I do believe that this is the more common approach to mapping our mind routes. Learning to read the route and destination signs on the trains also helps in the whole process.
The only problem with this analogy is that in our case there are probably thousands or millions of routes to take and understand in our minds and taking all of these routes in one lifetime may be impossible, so enlisting the help of others that have been down these “tracks” seems to me to be the most effective way to do the mapping.
Finding the right people to ask and how we go about wording our questions and comments is going to help get the the best answers. How we listen for the answers and how they are delivered is probably going to also improve our chances of building up a more accurate and effective picture or route plan.