In addition to reading and writing, what’s the single most important thing you learned in school?
If you are going to break rules, don’t do it in crowds. As soon as a crowd starts to form, leave, because the authorities are attracted to crowds. So often I was guilty of breaking school rules and doing interesting things, and others would start to notice, as soon as more than two people noticed I would quit and leave, and inevitably the group that formed behind me, doing something I had started, got into trouble with the teachers.
I could never quite figure out why they kept doing that.
I learned that lesson at about 7 years old – crowds attract attention. If you don’t want attention, avoid crowds.
Libraries can be safe and interesting places. Some of those people from long times ago had some interesting ideas, and some of the newer ideas are even more interesting, and mixing them all up and seeing what comes out can be great fun.
Sometimes it is useful to learn several different ways of doing the same thing.