The vainglory of teaching has allured so many
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Who don’t yet understand the subject matter.
They go on and on about things
They have never vetted—and never will vet—
For they have already got what they wanted—
To stand in the place of honor.
Perhaps it is the case
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That life here
Is meant to be a tougher adventure
Than you assume it must be—
And that you could and should
Learn more than seems convenient—
And overcome more challenges than
It seems one should have to overcome.
What good is that amazing brain you have—
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Created and loaned by the
Greatest Thinker Ever Himself—
When it is under the charge of a tired spirit
Who has grown so weary in this world
As no longer to care about learning
And discovering and verifying,
And who doesn’t care if it
Learns the truth of a matter or not?
You are duller than you think you are.
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This wonder to us
With a mind of his own
That sees and hears the world
And reports back to us his own findings
In this sweet fellowship into which we have grown
In these nineteen years—
It’s the rare human who decides
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That he is unwilling both to
Believe or to assert
Anything that is untrue.
Where did we ever get the idea that
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Our angry complaints about corruption
Are a better use of our time
Than would be actual reform?
I think a lot about what kind of people we are, and about what tends to go wrong in our lives. It’s complicated business in one way, yet in another, it may be fairly simple.
Our lives are set into this real world, without us asking to be put here. And while we’re here, we learn (to some degree) and we make lots of choices (good and bad). And we draw lots of conclusions about what the world is like and what our role in it should be. The following ten items are things that many seem not to learn to love very much while they are here. And I cannot help but to believe that the world would be a much better place if more people did love these things more:
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He had got that most peculiar habit
Of vetting things before believing them—
Which had had the most ironic effect
Of making his own life so much the better
In its own right,
While being an aggravant to
The careless world around him.
Though I certainly understand how it works,
Continue reading I Will Never Cease to Be Amazed
I will never cease to be amazed at the dumb junk
A guy can make up on the spot
In order to keep from believing
Something he doesn’t like.
It is an amazing gift that man has the faculties
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For observation and analysis,
And for drawing conclusions and sticking to them.