Among the more sophisticated commentators on modern education, it is a commonplace yet valuable observation that education needs reform more radical than a bigger education budget, a stronger teacher’s union, smaller class sizes, or more rigorous testing procedures. After examining the nature of classical education, it should be clear that education also needs reform more radical than harking back to a more traditional approach that mouths respect for facts, logic, and abstract thought. Education must be radically reformed in accordance with a proper understanding of abstractions that gives new meaning to the very notion of facts, logic, and abstract thought. It must treat concepts not as automatically-given abstractions to be memorized, toyed with, and shoehorned to fit with religious faith, but as items of real knowledge, grasped rationally, based in perceptual reality, and developed inductively, with the indispensable, practical power to identify reality and therefore give guidance to a man in every decision he faces over the course of his life.
— Lisa Van Damme
When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, There arises the recognition of ugliness.
When they all know the good as good, There arises the recognition of evil.
—Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching
By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
—Rabindranath Tagore, “Stray Birds”
Shorn, the ghosts of my hair condemn me with a malignant reflex for every comb I come across.
Rice by Chun Yang-Hee
To you who eat a lot of rice because you are lonely
To you who sleep a lot because you are bored
To you who cry a lot because you are sad
I write this down
Chew on your feelings that are cornered like you would chew on rice
Anyway, life is something that you need to digest.
Recklessness is the way of the young. And tolerance is the beauty of adulthood. But there is such a thing as going too far…reigning in children who stray too far beyond the lines is also an adult’s job.
Respect to all science communicators, bloggers and journalists. Breaking the whole into digestible pieces takes a truckload of brilliance, eloquence and patience. I’d rather remain a recluse than face idiots; that would get me arrested for one thing or another.
Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.