I was listening to a talk in church on Sunday that was given by a professor. He said that in his field, they are very interested in "incidental learning". This is what is learned unintentionally while being taught other things. So, for example, if a parent is trying to teach a child to use the potty, but swears whenever the child doesn't make it to the toilet on time, the child might learn to swear while learning to use the toilet.
In my opinion, real life is the incidental learning that happens while we are trying to create our paradigm of what life should be. Maybe it should be called an incidental experience. We focus all our efforts to make our life conform to our ideals, but in the process experience more than we planned.
Actually, I think that I have learned more "incidentally" from life than I have intentionally. While I might have intentionally had children, I have learned patience while dealing with a rude child, or tolerance while dealing with a temper tantrum. And they have learned from my behaviors. They have learned how to parent.
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