As food is to the body, so is learning to themind. Our bodies grow and muscles develop with theintake of adequate nutritious food. Likewise, weshould keep learning day by day to maintain ourkeen mental power and expand our intellectualcapacity. Constant learning supplies us withinexhaustible fuel for driving us to sharpen our power of reasoning, analysis, andjudgment. Learning incessantly is the surest way to keep pace with the times in theinformation age, and reliable warrant of success in times of uncertainty.
Once learning stops, vegetation sets in. It is a common fallacy to regard school as the onlyworkshop for the acquisition of knowledge. On the contrary, learning should be a neverending process, from the cradle to the grave. With the world changing so fast, to ceaselearning for just a few days will make a person lag behind. What’ s worse, the animal instinctdormant deep in our sub-conscious will come to life, weakening our will to pursue our nobleideas, undermining our determination to sweep away obstacles to our success and stranglingour desire for the refinement of our character. Lack of learning will inevitably lead to thestagnation of the mind, or even worse, its fossilization. Therefore, to stay mentally young, wehave to take learning as a lifelong career.
keep pace with跟上
On the contrary相反， 正相反; 反倒; 反而
from the cradle to the grave从生到死， 一生
acquisition收购; 获得; 购置物
weakening削弱， 变弱( weaken的现在分词 )