You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read. Charlie Jones
People and books. This has been a wonderful year for both. Perhaps because the former has greatly influenced the latter. Russell and I have pushed each other intellectually. We’ve both read things outside of the natural grooves of our intellects and comfort. I’m very thankful for that. I’m also thankful for those of you who read and learn with us here. I want to have an opinion, but be open to reason. I want to learn more and more in this short life. And I want to be rich with relationships of the type where you can disagree and not be afraid that someone will storm off. I don’t think I’ll add to the side-bar booklist before the new year rings in. There were 35 of varying lengths this year – – from a silly quote book found at a bread & breakfast to one of the world’s longest (and best) novels. The current car book and home book will be the first two in the 2015 entry. Russell should be back next week and we’ll bring some balance back to the force. Be safe tonight as you celebrate the coming of another year. Join me in rejoicing – – ideas and people. Please share this space with friends who would be welcomed in our dialogue.
image by Alina Zienowicz Ala z (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
I’m back and happy to be so. I never left. Work and life intervened. Is this conversation part of work and life? Absolutely, and in the deepest way. In a past blogging adventure, I was so frustrated with myself when I did not post several times a week. I realize now in reading the works of others I enjoy that the tortoise approach of years is more realistic – – at least for me.
On the right side-bar beneath our recent posts there is a list of books that I’ve read this year. I have a goal of twenty books annually. My education was largely technical and I’m trying to remediate. Do I mourn the hundreds of hours invested in STEM? Not really. Rather, I’m hopeful that an autodidact has such astounding resources available today. There truly is only voluntary ignorance. One of my conceptions of heaven is this: a thousand lifetimes to learn.
I’ve given Russell a hard time about his reading list (the Bible) for several reasons. It was a nice stroke of irony and true in the fact that my favorite atheist knows scripture better than most theists. But – – it doesn’t reveal the depth of his interests and intellect. Is a book list right for Russell? Yes as far as it would go. But, we learn in different ways and he is primarily an auditory/visual type. I learn best with a paper book and pen in hand to annotate.
The book list fails Russell in that it only represents a small fraction of what he consumes. My list represents close to the whole. So – – I propose: lets list the links of the the most important/memorable YouTube videos that have helped Russell to form his thoughts. I’ll continue with the series of books that form mine. We live in an amazing age where knowledge is available to all who seek it. And we live in an age where YouTube and Wikipedia are valuable, accessible, primary sources of information. I gladly await pushback from any of my academic friends – – I’m ready to courteously defend that belief!
So: lets read (or listen, or watch), think (while running for me), and write.
*image courtesy of Cas, Flicker, CC