For today’s theme I thought that we could have a look at learning and how valuable learning is for us.
First off there are times when the best teacher is that of experience, but experience is not always the best teacher. Somethings are better learned from other sources. Hence the following quote;
“Any fool can learn by experience, it takes a wise man to learn from others.”
Another side of learning is the art of asking questions. Sometimes in order to fully understand something we need to ask questions that will help us to understand and learn the subject matter better. Understanding is also a part of learning.
“He who questions much will learn much.”
Another part of learning is using what you learn. It doesn’t makes sense to learn something just for the sake of learning. Though there are those that do so; for various reasons. The only way to retain the knowledge you may learn is to use it.
“Whatever you learn you must make the decision to use it or it is of no use.”
Then that brings us to the value of and purpose of learning; hence the following quote.
“A man’s mind, stretched by a new idea, can never go back to it’s original dimensions.”
So the purpose of learning can be seen as a way widen our viewpoint of life & society. It enables us to increase our knowledge and understanding of the topic we may been learning about. Now that learning may come by way of experiences; attending a school of some sort or by undertaking a course of study; through books, films, talking with experienced people etc.
The purpose and value of learning is opening up our minds to new horizons and developing new skills or increasing old ones. But we need to remember to use what we have learned.
That’s it for today so until next time, have fun people.
A few weeks ago my wife and I travelled interstate to attend a family function and catch up with family and friends. While there my wife had an interesting discussion with her sister on the existence of God. At the time the discussion my wife had with her sister upset her, because she didn’t know that her sister considered herself an atheist. But it got me looking into my quote collection for references on atheism. And I found a few that I would like to share with you.
The first one is from well-known writer C S Lewis from his book “The Case for Christianity’, (page 32). In talking about Atheism he states:-
“Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a byproduct, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.”
C S Lewis
An interesting argument isn’t it! My next quote come from the french writer/ historian etc, Voltaire.
“If a clock proves the existance of a clockmaker, and the world does not prove the existance of a supreme architect, then I consent to be called a fool.”
Next is a quote from the scottish poet, William Knox:-
“The fool have said: There is no God!
No God! Who lights the morning sun,
And sends him on his Heavenly road, a far and brillant
course to run?”
And finally to end on a lighter note, a quote from Bishop Fulton J Sheen:-
” An atheist is a man who has no visible means of support.”
Bishop Fulton J Sheen
So i hope this give you a bit of food for thought, and also some enjoyment. So until next time, (hopefully not so long) Adieu!
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