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On Jul 23, 2017 david doane wrote:|
A boss is in charge, and an attendant serves. Thinking makes a fine attendant and a terrible boss. I like Chesterton's statement that "The madman is not the one who has lost his reason, it is the one who has lost everything but his reason." I've learned to be suspicious of reason. And I believe what Oscar Wilde said, that nothing worth knowing can be taught. It must be learned, probably through experience. My learning through experience involves my heart and head, making for personal and deeper learning. One's head and heart are naturally integrated, and the problem is when they become separated, like so often happens in school. That's what makes learning in school so inefficient. I now know that all of me thinks, not just my head. 'Heart thinking' is different than head thinking -- both are useful and knowing that helps me listen to both, with heart getting priority. And the top dog is the soul, the source of both head and heart, but that's a different story.