You lied to me. Life does not start at 40. This was just a clever way of saying to me that you refuse to teach me new tricks. You gave up.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
I have a dream, and the hope, that one day I shall stop believing that education is the answer to all problems.
Why? I am old dog. ...
I look in the mirror and know, no matter how many times I tell myself that I am open-minded, the truth is this: “I refuse to learn because I am an old dog.” Or, said correctly, “I refuse to allow you to teach me.” Why?
“Because the only fun is when I teach myself.”
I am sitting here in Kara, Togo. This is West Africa, and the joke told to me by a man in Mampong, Ghana, was, “The best place to hide something in Africa is inside a book.”
OK, let me be serious. Nobody wants to read a book when told to read a book. We all nod our head yes, but then we don’t read the book,. We all hope to be open-minded, but in reality, we want to do what we want to do, old or new dog. We all do not want to be told what to do.
I am an old dog who refuses to allow you to teach me. So, why in the world would you, the young dog, allow me to teach you?
I am a slow learner, but there is a reason why we say, “The children are our future.” It is because, “You can't teach an old dog new tricks."
Old dog or young dog, it better be fun, or we refuse to learn.
I am trying to stop malaria in Kara, Togo. I have a website for this, MalariaNIMBY.org. We are making this fun, big, toy mosquito for the children of Kara.
Richard Gedney of “Travel Auteurs” radio recommended this, a truly a great idea to spread around:
Andy L. Graham
Kara, Togo, 2013