I have been out of town this past week because of our son’s wedding. I was going to post a notice last week that I would be gone — but didn’t get a chance before we left. So sorry!
So, here’s my posting for my blog. I won’t have a podcast until next Tuesday.
I belong to a book club where we read a book a month and then meet to discuss it. For our meeting in January, we had a guest lecturer who (for some of his research) had interviewed the author of the book we had read. He had a PowerPoint presentation and needed a computer and a projector. Because I work daily with technology and had access to those items, I volunteered to bring them.
As I was setting them up (very calmly), one of the other women mentioned how she had to have a similar set up in her high school classroom. She said she was a nervous wreck trying to get everything working because she didn’t understand much about technology. Technology was abstruse to her.
Abstruse (ab-stroos) is an adjective that means incomprehensible, unfathomable, and difficult to understand. To the older generation, technology is totally difficult to understand. Not only is it difficult for them to understand, they are almost terrified of technology. Mostly because they just don’t understand it! On the other hand, there is plenty of knowledge that is totally within their realm of understanding but that is abstruse to someone in their teens – like business management, financial planning, or international politics.
Back to my friend. While technology is abstruse to her, she is an erudite reading teacher when it comes to teaching strategies. Erudite (air-yoo-dahyt) is a noun that means trained, well instructed, learned, scholarly, or characterized by great knowledge. She is exceptionally knowledgeable about reading and how to teach others to read. She is an erudite teacher.
You don’t have to have a formal education to be an erudite. You could be an erudite horse trainer who knows everything there is to know about horses and training horses because of your personal experience. Even if someone hasn’t gained their vast knowledge through formal schooling, we should still have veneration for the person and her knowledge.
Veneration (ven-uh-rey-shuhn) is a noun that means to regard with profound respect or reverence, to regard with feelings of respect and reverence. The horse trainer who has deep knowledge should be regarded with deep respect just as much as a college professor.
Veneration could also be applied to the respect that we should hold for those who currently serve and who have served in the past in our armed forces. We should have veneration for flags, for our senior citizens, for the unborn, and for life itself. There are many people (or things) for whom we should have a feeling of deep respect and reverence.
And the courage to show it.