I want to share one of these with you. It was just a little piece of paper that I had cut out from who knows where:
"Herein lies the real value of education. Advanced education may or may not make men and women more efficient; but it enriches personalty, increases the wealth of the mind, and hence brings happiness. It is the finest insurance against old age, against the growth of physical disability and against the lack and loss of animal delights. No matter how many there may be in our family, no matter how many friends we may have, we are in a certain sense forced to lead a lonely life, because we have all the days of our existence to live with ourselves. How essential it is, then, in youth to acquire some intellectual or artistic tastes, in order to furnish the mind, to be able too live inside a mind with attractive and interesting pictures on the walls. Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity and a provision in old age." -Aristotle
I've had people that have asked me why after so many years I would want to torture myself with going back to school. I look at them wondering why they would be so silly. Yes, it is hard. And, yes, the first time I had a test I said to myself, "WHY AM I DOING THIS?!? I FORGOT HOW HARD IT IS!" But once I kicked myself a few times I settled down to doing something I've always enjoyed-learning. I love to learn. I love to read. I've always loved it. I've always loved the things that go along with it like office supplies-new notebooks, pencils, erasers. I can't imagine falling in love with a Kindle, or something like that, like I would a brand new ever so fragrant book.
I don't care what happens to me (well, yes, I do-I'm just getting carried away here) if I can still read and learn I will be quite satisfied. I have a vivid picture in my mind of my stepfather in the care center. He had macular degeneration so bad that he had to use a magnifying glass to read. But that man, until the day before he died, still was as sharp as a tack.
Now, if you are reading this now you are one lucky person! I can't remember the percentage of illiterate people there are in the world but there are millions. We have been blessed to have this skill. Why are we so lucky? I don't know. Maybe it transfers to the other side someday. That's what we believe in our church. The learning we do now is more than important.
So, I plan to keep learning.
Art History Moment:
Of course it's about the painting at the top of this blog. "Aristotle with a Bust of Homer" by Rembrandt. Rembrandt is such a master at creating mood with lighting. His images are so 3 dimensional and you get the feeling that they have always existed on the painting support. In this painting there aren't many colors but it's not needed to convey the feeling of intelligence and humility. Two extremely brilliant philosophers. In order to be teachable you have to be humble. Aristotle and Homer must have been humble men as they absorbed so much knowledge and wisdom in their lives. It's hard to believe that the quote above was written so many centuries ago because it's as modern as today. Don't you agree? Wow! Just had to add this after I looked at the painting again. It's the perfect triangular composition! Notice how the eye is constantly led around the painting never stopping at one point. Cool.