Friday, February 03, 2006

Reading thoughts

I like words.

And I like the way certain thoughts are worded.

In A Year with C. S. Lewis, quoting from Mere Christianity, he talks about thinking of the Son in terms of the Father:

"We must think of the Son always, so to speak, streaming forth from the Father,
like light from a lamp,
or heat from a fire,
or thoughts from a mind.
He is the self-expression of the Father---what the Father has to say.
And there never was a time when He was not saying it."

I like that. Particularly I like the simile of "thoughts from a mind."


Tracey Lee Simmons (Climbing Parnassus) and Vergerois on learning, memory, and intelligence:

"Learning to think logically was not enough. Memory [Vergerois] exalted as one of the most precious of human faculties. Intelligence may be more important than memory, but intelligence without memory is worthless. Therefore, training the intellect begins with training the memory. Books are, in essence, 'memory made permanent.' They store the cultural tablets. They may contain useful and transcendent knowledge, but they contain more than thoughts; they contain expression."

Oh, dear---"intelligence without memory is worthless." I'm doomed.


Tracey Lee Simmons (Climbing Parnassus) and Roger Ascham on education and character:

"Education, as always, began with character.
Parents should wish to avoid the rearing of children who are
'bold without shame,
rash without skill,
[and] full of words without wit,'
because children with these traits
become adults with the same tendencies
--- plus the cleverness and guile
to make the world suffer their deficiencies and vices.
Virtue, like knowledge,
may be 'hard and irksome in the beginning,
but in the end [is] easy and pleasant.'
For 'where [the] will inclineth to goodness,
the mind is bent to truth.'"

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