Wednesday, 11 December 2013

On A Word From The Wise #2



I wrote my first post on this wonderful book of quotes here, so if you missed that post I explain everything in the first one. I thought I'd have done more of these by now but once again time seems to have run away with me so this is only my second post on it but today I thought I'd open my book and share with you another one or two quotes that feel quite relevant to my life right now.

I looked up the education and learning section because this term has been really intense and after a week of mocks which have completely tired me out and made me hope that I'll never have to revise again, although unfortunately I will, I just need some time to relax and stop for a while. Which it is true I will get from Friday thank goodness, when I break up for the Christmas holidays.

"Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly." - Arnold Edinborough

I must say, I am a very curious person. I can't stand to be given a hint of something and not be told more, which I know isn't necessarily a very good trait to have. But it definitely helps me learn. It makes me interested and motivates me. I've discovered this year I have an absolute love for philosophy like no subject I've ever been taught about before. The basis of it the entire subject is curiosity. And it absolutely fascinates me, I love finding out more and more about the world around us and where it may have come from. Some people may say that this is a complete waste of life and I should just accept that the world is there. Even if that is true, the discussion and curiosity it brings fills me with interest and so I love this quote, because for me, that is wonderful education.

"Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education." - David Polis

Now I adore books and am not for one second suggesting that this quote isn't slightly naive. But I do think it's also got an ounce of truth within it. I think that sometimes we can get too focused on constantly studying and forget to live a little. I don't deny that learning from books can be great and it is where we get the highest education from. Nevertheless, our education would mean nothing if we didn't live, if we didn't go out and see the world around us. So I really liked this quote and the premise behind it.

There we have it, I hope that in the Christmas holidays I'll be able to take the time to look at the stars above a little, just as Polis suggests.

(Just as a quick side note that doesn't really belong in this post but I've put in anyway is that you may have noticed - although I doubt it will make a huge difference to you - that I have deleted all of my posts from before I had RMS redesigned about a year ago now, this is just because I realised that I have written a few things in them that are from a long time ago when I didn't know as much as I know now that I just didn't feel comfortable having on the internet for everyone to see. So don't panic if you noticed, I really did write them, I've just decided to revert them to drafts for the time being!)

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