Illiteracy will not be defined by those who cannot read and write, but by those who cannot learn and relearn.”
Back in the 1990s, there was a book that looked at a future where power would shift to one who has “violence” to one who has wealth, and finally, to one who has knowledge (“muscle, money, mind”). That book, Powershift, was written by the futurist Alvin Toffler.
As a mass communications student at that time, I grew obsessed with Toffler’s concept of “knowledge is power”. Maybe this is the reason for my continued hunger for knowledge. I am a serial student. I am happy attending seminars (especially if they are free!). I doubt if I will stop trying to learn new things until I grow old and my eyes fail me. (Well, if my eyes will eventually fail me, I might resort to learning via webinars, audio CDs, and podcasts instead!).
So, in honor of the Powershift author, I call myself The Toffie Fan.
See, when it comes to the belief that we can rise above poverty by educating ourselves, I am a hopeless romantic.