With a tone that showed her puzzlement, and perhaps a bit of apology, along with something else on which he could not quite put his finger at first, she admitted to him, “I just don’t know why anybody would want to think as much about as many things as you do.”Continue reading Why Anybody Would Want to Think As Much
Not every true thing is conveniently obvious. And even so, large numbers of people may well operate on the assumption that all true things are—or should be—obvious. It is a common overestimation of human capability, often based on the assumption that what can be detected should be detectable without effort—and more particularly, detectable by our natural human senses.
Here are a few ways it happens:Continue reading “If That Were True, I Would See It”
Perhaps today is the day
When some soul on this Earth
Decides he wants to know—
And not just about a thing,
But about it all.
A man walks the road of life,
Caring as he cares along the way
And doing as he does—
And enjoying the routine
As he may.
And if he walks long enough, he will
Surely come to a dilemma of the sort
Where the road will not go where he wants,
And stubbornly presents two undesirable options—
The one being that some certain problem
In this world cannot be solved without
The inspiring and organizing of many people
To pull together in the same direction—
And the other being that he has
Chanced upon a problem that
Simply cannot be solved at all,
And must rather be endured.
And this is the fork at which
It’s sometimes hard to tell
Which of these two distasteful ideas
A person will have a harder
And being like so many others,
Our man falters at the fork,
Not liking either option of the two,
And choosing instead the surprising third—
Which is to march in place,
Still caring as he cares
And doing as he does—
As if expecting that some better option
Should soon present itself—
And until then,
Counting his caring
And his doing
As his proper duty—
And his marching in place
When he wrote proverbs, not only did he
Have the form down quite nicely,
But he never held back as others might
When finding it difficult to put a finger
On the actual truth of a matter.
It may burst your bubble to come too near
To this prickly truth I’m about to tell you, friend,
But I am under no obligation to become
A conspirator in your self-deceit.
He has no food,
And yet he is not hungry,
For he has learned to live
Without feeding his mind.
Do you understand that
The moment you start to introduce
New material for the consideration of the typical audience,
The minds of most of them begin immediately to
Look for a reason not to consider it?
Perhaps you are an exceptional individual, having trained your own mind much more than your neighbors train theirs. And perhaps it’s quite obvious that your own priorities have been chosen with more diligence and care than they choose their priorities. Perhaps the things you think about and study and promote are considerably more advanced than your neighbors are willing to invest themselves in. And perhaps, if they would listen to you and invest in some of these things, it would make the world around you a considerably better place.Continue reading Priorities: Even the Best Minds Can Choose the Un-Best Things
It is generally our human privilege
To create new babies
Passing along our heritage on the Earth
And making a name for ourselves—
For a time at least.
And I suppose we don’t think enough
About either the import of that
Or the honor of it.
But I’m adamant that
We don’t think enough
About the heritage of thought
That we pass along to this world
Putting it out daily wherever we go—
And even in the homes where we keep
The precious children we have made.