I was recently reading a really excellent article by an economist lately which was far better than most economic articles I've read. I was struck as a realized the article was probably far less read than most of the prevalent economic drivel on the Internet.
I realized that the issue was that the article was too instructive. We want quick fixes. We want to know is the market going up tomorrow or not. We want to know how to make money.
We aren't really interested as a group in underlying economic currents and really understanding. All human action is motivated action.
And as humans our shortsightedness draws us away from a acquisition of knowledge and wisdom. Often we need to slow down in life.
The path to true knowledge in most fields is long and hard. The short cut to "easy answers" in life often gives us know answers.
Often we never learn because we do not have the humility to admit that learning takes time. We imagine we may sit down in and afternoon and master a topic.
True learning takes time, humility, and patience. There are no short cuts. No quick solutions.
We meet ourselves when we seek to learn. Our impatience, our shortsightedness, and our pride.
The great failure of mankind is learners is because the bible is right about the nature of man. The bible does not paint a pleasant picture of the nature of mankind, but it paints an honest picture.
And to that honest picture the bible gives a glorious solution of a the free offer of grace for all who will come to Jesus.