Tuesday, February 13, 2007

On Reading

Today I thought I would pass on to you the thoughts of a couple of other folks about books and reading.

From John Milton (1608-1674)...
Books are not dead things, but do contain a potency of life...as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest extraction of that living intellect that bred them.
And from Cicero (106-43 B.C.)...
Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goes out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.
What are you reading?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rich Dad Poor Dad, What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money--What the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki. A fun read that has challenged my perspecive of money management and definitions of things such as 'wealth', 'investments','assets' and 'liabilites'.

The goal of the book is to educate the reader about money thereby giving one the knowledge to pull himself out of the 'rat race' that 90% of our culture is unhappily stuck in.

Jack Niewold said...

Hi Rick.

On Reading: I see you are teaching a course on naturalism at Antioch. No doubt you are familiar with James Sire's THE UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR, which seems to me to be the book that called the entire worldview genre into being. I am rereading it "for the first time" (re-reading in the sense that I am admitting, red-faced, that this is a book, about which I've known for years, but I've never really read before). In any event, he has a wonderful chapter on naturalism, brought up to date in his 2004 4th edition of the work. You may recall Sire's turning of Socrates' statement on its head: The Unexamined Life is not Worth Living, said Socrates. For the naturalist, says Sire, the examined life is not worth living, because to examine it is to end in despair.

To any readers of this blog, I recommend Sire's book as the indispensable starting point in figuring out this whole subject matter of "Weltanschauungen," worldviews. Don't wait, like I did, trying to put the pieces together on your own and finally discovering with a "Duh!" that the puzzle has already been assembled.