Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Dumbbells Under The Bed *

Ever heard the one about the guy who learnt body-building through a correspondence course? He didn't become much brawnier, but the postman is now the strongest man in town!

"This is what Zeno said, what about you?"*

It's not enough that you read and come to know of great men's thoughts; what's important is that you think about these, form an opinion of your own and know what they really mean. Think, what if. Think, what more. Only then can you assimilate greatness and become better for having read/heard it. Think, Why. Think, Why Not. Like the Eagles sang in their song Already Gone, you can see the stars and still not see the light.**

This is the path to discovery and, often, invention- small deviations may result in totally different though possibly equally great, if not greater, destinations. The pleasures are in the journey on the thought-train; even if the terminals are the same, the route makes a difference.

What say you?

- Thomas Jay Cubb

* This piece was inspired by a few lines mentioned in Tibor Fischer's The Thought Gang. The comparison in the title is from a passage in it. Ever since I read it, this particular thought has influenced me a lot. Other listings included -
Stupidity, that's me. - about the value of humility.
Live according to nature. - no greed path to happiness.

** In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. -Mortimer J. Adler,
philosopher, educator and author (1902-2001)

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