Friday, July 9, 2010

We've Got You Surrounded

I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who can make things beautiful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
"Who has put wisdom in the innermost being or given understanding to the mind?"

All hail the skilled worker! My neighbor Patrick repairs trucks. Not the little pick up down the street but the big ones the rumble down the highway and haul important things around the country. Sometimes it means opening the hood or climbing under to tinker with some malfunctioning part, but sometimes it means dealing with an almost total wreck. He showed me a photo one day of a truck they brought in. It's hood and part of its engine had been smashed almost to oblivion. He and his fellow mechanics knew what to do.

You may be trudging along a road with tired feet bearing or pulling some load. You may be working with tired fingers to do an endless typing job. You may be monitoring all the intricacies of a commercial jet as it cuts its way through the air at an impossible speed. You may be in a hospital making the rounds to all of your patients. You may be in an orchestra running through fast and difficult passages on your flute. You may spend the day peering into a microscope. You may be on your back under a truck.

But there, with the aching feet, tired fingers and blood shot eyes, is spirit, and that is your real condition. It's the spirit of art and beauty, of poetry and music, the spirit of instinct, intelligence and imagination, the spirit of enquiry, investigation and discovery, the spirit of ingenuity and enterprise, the spirit of risk, invention and novelty, the spirit of cooperation and collaboration. of charity and benevolence. it's the spirit of friendship, of romance and love. It's the spirit that attaches itself to us, shares its life with us and shows itself to us hoping to be understood. To understand spirit is our first and final job, and it's an infinite one.

DB - The Vagabond
(This is not a contest.)

Who are the 2 (two) most important people alive today? Why?

5 responses so far.

Thank you.


Lori said...

This is a very uplifting post! Thank you!

(btw, I think Nietsche had a birthday this past week.)

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

The Human Spirit.