Are You Teachable?

lightstock_358982_download_medium_rick_wilcox“Every art, and every science reduced to a teachable form, and in like manner every action and moral choice, aims, it is thought, at some good: for which reason a common and by no means a bad description of the Chief Good is, “that at which all things aim.”
Aristotle, Ethics

The word “docile” has gotten a bad rap.  These days it’s usually equated with timidity – and therein lies the problem.  Western culture prizes arrogance.  It’s the bluster of prize fighters, political candidates and football stars.  The irony runs deep here because it usually means the self-promoter is no longer teachable.  Docile means pliable, or more specifically – teachable.  It’s etymology is connected to “doctor” and “doctrine.”  The doctor (teacher) instructs the docile in doctrine.  Learning happens. Growth results.

In life, people are not usually truly docile until they are desperate.  If you have ever been lost in a foreign county you know what it means to humbly seek someone who can communicate meaningful directions.  The great problem with docility, however, is that people are often unaware of their own desperation. That is, they do not know they are lost.

If today you find yourself somewhat adrift, not exactly knowing where you are in life, then I have good news.

You are now ready to begin.


Matthew 11:28-30

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.



4 thoughts on “Are You Teachable?

  1. Thank you for this – much food for thought here.

    In classical education it’s a truism that a student can’t learn until he first knows he’s ignorant (or at least wrong about something). Arrogance is unable to recognize ignorance and ignorance leads to arrogance.

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  2. I find myself always “teachable.” If it’s the new boss, the new department; if it’s a new friend or a new writer; or a new acquaintance…met at the library or at Walmart. Everyone you meet might teach you something. My mother always said, “You learn something new every day.” She was so right.

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