10.11.2007

Thinking

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I've been thinking.
What good is knowledge that doesn't cause us to act ?
What is the point in learning if it doesn't push us to change the way we live ?
I'm not necessarily looking for your answers, though I'd love to hear your thoughts ...
I just wanted to share what I've been thinking.

And what I've been painting ...


6 comments:

Sabba and Nanny June 23, 2008 at 2:55 AM  

Bonnie,
Your painting is very pretty, and we all enjoy looking at it. If it had remained a thought not acted upon, none of us would have benefited from the thought. We could not have enjoyed the beauty of your inner creativity. This, I think, is one basic answer to your question.

When I read the question you posed, I had an immediate thought of how to respond. Had I kept the thought to myself, it would have benefited no one but me, and even the benefit to myself would have been diminished and perhaps negated for not having shared it.

Abraham Joshua Heschel has become one of my/our favorite authors in recent years. He has written on the very subject you are pondering, but there is not room here to quote him. He puts it in a much more philosophical and eloquent yet understandable way. I will send you the relevant passages of his book via email.

Love, Dad

Alissa June 23, 2008 at 9:53 PM  

Beautiful painting! I love the red flowers.

As to your question... Knowledge simply for the sake of knowledge is ok. Not everything has to mean something. However, I find that the more you learn and the more you know, the more you're inclined to make changes and grow. Not that you have to, but it just happens naturally.

Sandra June 25, 2008 at 8:23 AM  

Gorgeous painting Bonnie :)

Demara June 25, 2008 at 11:17 AM  

I love the paint color and textured look of the houses exterior! Very nicely done.

Stacy June 26, 2008 at 12:12 AM  

Beautiful job on your painting. You are a wonderful artist!

I love learning about things and I think we each bit of acquired knowledge we learn more about how to be a better person and how to take care of us and the world around us. Unfortunately, there are so many things about the world that is so sad and very hard to understand. To often I say, "why???"

in a moment i'm alive again June 27, 2008 at 6:29 AM  

i enjoy the acquisition of knowledge in order to beat Ellie at jeopardy. as it says in the video mortal kombat, "there is no knowledge that is not power".

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