I soon learned to scent out that which was able to lead to fundamentals and to turn aside everything else, from the multitude of things which clutter up the mind and divert it from the essential.
The hitch in this was, of course, the fact that one had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect upon me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.
It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle, that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. To the contrary, I believe that it would be possible to rob even a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness, if it were possible, with the aid of a whip, to force the beast to devour continuously, even when not hungry.
At Jerry Weinberg's Problem Solving Leadership workshop one of the handouts contains this quote from Einstein which spoke to me:
is a great book by Alan Watts. As usual I'm going to quote from a few pages.
Attention is narrowed perception.
we need a notation for almost anything that can be noticed.
the human individual is not built as a car is built.
differentiation is not separation.
To say that certain events are causally connected is only a clumsy way of saying that they are features of the same event, like the head and tail of the cat.
In the Nootka language a church is "housing religiously," a shop is "housing tradingly," and a home is "housing homely."
It is symptomatic of our rusty-beer-can type of sanity that our culture produces very few magical objects.
We have scrubbed the earth clean of magic. We have lost even the vision of paradise, so that our artists and craftsmen can no longer discern its forms.
No work is well and finely done unless it, too, is a form of play.
the goal of action is always contemplation - knowing and being rather than seeking and becoming.
Idolatry is not the use of images, but confusing them with what the represent.