Archive for August, 2010

Love at first sight

August 28, 2010

Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional woman?   I do. I have read in “Tawk el-hamam” (“Collier de la Colombe”) Ibn-hazm saying that it was possible to even fall in love in dreams and still be after wake up. Take a look to the following young girl (on right).

This is a picture of a young peasant girl in mountain with a stick in her hand and the herd (cows or bulls) behind grazing. Actually, this is a painting of William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) titled The Shepherdess (1889). It means a pastoral girl who is seduced by a knight and refuses or accepts. The girl on picture was posing for the painter (not fictional).

What attract me on this wonderful young girl is her kind (mind) appearance, modest clothes and her noble work: herd keeper (a prophets’ occupation). Maybe this girl is helping her family or enjoying a passion. I guess she is healthier to live in countryside and has sane feelings, sensitivity and nature-inspired imagination and sense of beauty. Educated? maybe at home. I don’t know if there was homeschooling in France in nineteen century?
Nevertheless, our girl may learned women tradition at home and outside. Back over to simple life: land work, more contact with nature. This means something to me. At least, I could try it as hobby while keeping minimum modern life style. Or would you say staying confined in a crowded city and 8-hours office work is better?



August 27, 2010

One day, I was discussing with a friend at university about the difficulty to define some physics basic notions (my friend was actually a Physics Professor). Then, he gives me an instance of word (”Culture”) which is well known by almost everybody, yet difficult to associate with an exhaustive definition. One definition he found interesting was: ” Culture is what remains when we forget the rest”. Ah!, that was interesting for me as well, because, ironically, this is also exactly my favorite definition of another word. That of “Education”, another subject I am interested to as well.
It happened to me one day, by the way, when reading one of John Taylors Gatto’s books about schooling and education, to find a reference to an interesting book that speaks about both culture and education. The following are excerpts from that book, ” The aims of education”, by Alfred North Whitehead, and from his others essays. I wanted to collect these words to serve as objects of reflexion on the subject.

“Culture is activity of thought, and receptiveness to beauty and humane feeling. Scraps of information have nothing to do with it. A merely well-informed man is the most useless bore on God’s earth. What we should aim at producing is men who possess both culture and expert knowledge in some special direction

Dare to Believe

August 23, 2010

These are words that I pick up somewhere in the Web. I find some worth to believe in. While most seem obvious, we often forget this principals when facing a matter.
These words are:
Everybody Knows:
You can’t be all things to all people.
You can’t do all things at once.
You can’t do all things equally well.
You can’t do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.

You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.

You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you’ll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

Pursuit of Happiness

August 22, 2010