previous ‘quotes of the season’

(in reverse chronological order)

“So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute…Give your approval to all you cannot understand…Ask the questions that have no answers. Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years…Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts….Practice resurrection.”
Wendell Berry (1934 – forever) in ‘The Country of Marriage’

“The complexity of our present trouble suggests as never before that we need to change our present concept of education. Education is not properly an industry, and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research. It’s proper use is to enable citizens to live lives that are economically, politically, socially, and culturally responsible. This cannot be done by gathering or “accessing” what we now call “information” – which is to say facts without context and therefore without priority. A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing what things are more important than other things; it means putting first things first.”

— Wendell Berry (1934 – forever)

“First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again – and, moreover, give reasons why we believe.”

— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 – 1799)

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)

“What science has to give is epistemology first and foremost. All the rest is only parables, ONLY PARABLES. But the business of discovery, creating, analyzing, synthesizing, understanding and communicating these parables is not a branch of amateur musing or political journalism. It is as rigorous as Buddhist theology or epistemology, call it what you will. It is art, it is science, it is life.”

Gregory Bateson (1904 – 1980)
In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true is true or becomes true, within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended.  In the mind, there are no limits…

John Cunningham Lilly (1915 – 2001)

One real goal of education is to leave a person asking questions.

— Max Beerhohm

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