An idea or set of ideas that is intended to explain facts or events. An idea that is suggested or is presented as possibly true but that is not known or proven to be true. The general principles or ideas that relate to a particular subject. Theory.
From an academia standpoint, I excersied in theory everyday while teaching Algebra and Geometry. While studying music and playing in bands, I was introduced to this so called “secret” known as music theory, which gave me the skills necessary to analyze a piece of music, create my own, and know what the hell I’m talking about when communicating verbally to others.
In both of those experiences, I learned one key lesson. Learn the theory, then forget about it!
Learning the theory and forgetting about it does not equate to ignoring what was learned. It simply means that after the foundation has been acquired, build on it and adapt it to the situation that you find yourself in.
How many of us have gone through school only to realize that when we got out, much of what we were taught does not apply in our current situation? How many of us work in an entirely different field from what’s printed on our degrees?
If in reading this, you answer “I have!”, then you are in great company. If you can’t answer in the affirmative, that’s okay.
I value theory both as a math teacher and a musician. It provides a fundamental knowledge in which to build and create and discover. Every good proof (and bad ones too) begins with a theory.
Our theory for herbstheword.org is that there is an herb for whatever condition the body is going through. Our goal in a data-driven society is to research and discover the proofs of these healing properties, and help our friends and loved ones along the way. And we thank you for taking this leap with us!!!!
-Elaina and TJ