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“TRY IT – YOU’LL LIKE IT”

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“TRY IT – YOU’LL LIKE IT”

 

Advice about WHAT to think is certain to be met with argument. If a conclusion is drawn it will be because the subject has shifted from WHAT to HOW.

Advice about HOW to think increases the pool of knowledge; it generates questions rather than arguments, discoveries rather than frantic searches for proof.

Those who focus on WHAT to think often rely heavily on the quotes and references of dead scholars who are no longer able to defend their words; words which are often taken out of context.

A book I own has a chapter entitled HOW IT WORKS.

It is not about HOW anything works NOR is it about WHAT to think ; the reader is encouraged only to adopt the biases of the author however allusive their attraction. “TRY IT – YOU’LL LIKE IT” the text implies. (Now what did I do with the Alka Seltzer?)

Question everything

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When we search for rules we find rules. When we find rules, learning stops.

When we search for methods, we learn how to learn and life moves forward.

When we look for a leader we find a leader and learning stops.

When we look for truth we may become a leader if only of ourselves.

Original thoughts are usually formulated as questions beginning with the word “How?”

If the question begins with “What?” it may be time stretch out on the grass in the shade of an elm tree and enjoy  the seven note sonnet of the meadowlark.

These principles are contained in  the Tao Te Ching, the Sutras of the Upanishads, the teachings of Buddha and in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

The most useful book on my shelf was written by Wayne Dyer, The Wisdom of the Ages. In this anthology of the discoveries of those who came before us there emerges (if only by implication) a hint of seemingly Buddhistic advice, “Question everything.”   Accept the Love and pass it on.

 

PARTICLES OF GREATNESS

 

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These are some of the books and the authors who wrote them that helped to point me in the direction that Morris calls Leeward.

EINSTEIN The Life and Times by Ronald W. Clark.

MEISTER ECKERT TEACHER AND PREACHER edited by Bernard McGinn

THE MUMMY CONGRESS by Heather Pringle

SPARKS of GENIUS by ROBERT AND MICHELE ROOT-BERNSTEIN

THE GOD PARTICLE BY LEON LEDERMAN WITH DICK TERESI

THE VOICE OF REASON BY AYN RAND

REFLECTIONS FROM THE SHINING BROW by KAMAL AMIN

THE PORTABLE VOLTAIRE edited by BEN RAY REDMAN

MY HOPE FOR PEACE by Jehan Sadat

AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE by Victoria Fromkin and Robert Rodman

WISDOM of the AGES by Wayne W. Dyer. This is a very useful book. each chapter begins with a quote from a famous thinker from history following with insightful comments.

THE LOST CIVILIZATIONS OF THE STONE AGE
by Richard Rudgely

100 GREAT OPERAS by Henry W. Simon

YOUTUBE FOR BUSINESS by Michael Miller

BECOMING A PERSON OF INFLUENCE by John C Maxwell and Jim Dornan.

GÖDEL, ESCHER, BACH: an eternal golden braid. Douglas R. Hofstadter

EXCURSIONS: Essays for all Seasons by KAMAL AMIN. I’ve known this man since 1977. A close friend, a brilliant thinker, Kamal is in demand as a public speaker at home and abroad.