The Learning Process Called Life

The Learning Process Called Life


By Apolinario Villalobos



Debates about life – where it starts, are never ending, especially on the issue of family planning. If the sperm and egg cells, in their sole state are considered living minute components of the body, then the learning process starts from the stage of sexual intercourse. It is the stage where millions of sperm cells learn how to compete among each other, while the lone egg cell, learns how to wait for the victorious one to bond with “her”. The two cells use their innate “consciousness” to develop what those belonging to another group of debaters, consider as life.


The developing fetus learns to adapt itself to the environment inside the mother’s womb. When the time for him/her to come into this world arrives, he/she learns how to exert effort, helped by the groans, swearing and the contractions of the mother, until he/she finally lets out a cry after gasping for his/her first lungful of air.  Instinctively, he/she learns how to suck – he/she is now a baby!


In time, the baby learns how to make different sounds aside from the cry. With those are the learned facial expressions as his/her effort to communicate with the world. Then, there’s the clap, the crawl, the laughter – all learned as the baby grows up.


Eventually, the baby learns how to say some words and somehow identify objects. The baby  says “mama” when he/she smells the mother who just came in from the kitchen, and says “papa” when he/she smells the father who just came in from the smoggy street.  The baby  learns to do more tricks and acts to the delight of the family.


A little later, the baby grows into a child who goes to school and learns how to love and fear the teacher. The child learns the ABC’s of all levels of the educational system. This the child does as he/she metamorphoses into adolescent and adulthood into a  man/woman. So, if financially capable, the man/woman graduates from college and furthers his/her studies by proceeding towards a Masters degree. After graduation, the man/woman learns that it is not easy to get a job.


As time goes by, the man/woman learns to fall in love. At this time, his/her emotion is dictated by the heart more than his/her brain. If lucky, the man/woman gets the right lifetime partner. The two, man and woman, learn that they should sign a contract in order to live together under one roof.


The partners learn that to survive, they have to be wise in spending their money. They learn more lessons as their family grow. They learn how to adjust the way they deal with each of their children who, though siblings are different in so many ways.


Finally, the partners are at the threshold of their lives. They realized that life is an uphill trek and involves rock climbing ( in times of grave problems), crawling on all fours (in times of almost quitting), walking (temporary relief from headaches), picking of wild fruits and flowers along easy trails (laughter during light moments with children) and finally, a long sigh (fulfillment of God’s plan), as the summit is finally reached. Life, indeed, is a long process of learning…it is a syllabus of learning that only He can make.


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