Lifelong learning is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, rather than competitiveness and employability.
By choosing to continuously learn, well after traditional education is completed, individuals who practice lifelong learning are constantly evolving and growing as a person. By constantly seeking for additional knowledge, a person is able to open their mind and experience all aspects of life, rather than settle for whatever they have already achieved. By growing and furthering intellect, an individual is able to share their knowledge, bettering the human experience in the process.
Lifelong learning, or constantly expanding one’s knowledge is essential for building a better tomorrow. For example, if a generation collectively thirsted for and sought out additional knowledge, they would be consciously choosing to break down the barriers of close-mindedness, ensuring our future would be a time acceptance, understanding and peace. Contrariwise, a generation of stunted, intellectual development would bring about intolerance, ignorance and chaos, much of what we already see today.