Saturday, September 4, 2010

With A Clear Head

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

Albert Einstein
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Is it possible the human race will ever be saved from itself? The human intellect is an amazing thing. It is capable of great imagination, control and design. And when properly employed it is responsible for marvels. But the improper use, the misuse of the mind, can cause tragedy and disaster.

When theories, opinions, false rhetoric, buzz words, sound bites. self justification, jealousy, revenge, hatred, anger, tangential suppositions, dogma, orthodoxy, cliches, bromides, intimidation, fragmentary ideas and gossip take the place of reason and genuine thinking the mental landscape is blurred by trash.

There has never been a human being who is totally innocent of messing up his head and his heart with presumptions and errors, We are led by the nose into the dark alleys of ignorance almost as easily as we breathe. It is one of those dangers that beset humans, a gremlin in disguise, a gang of marauding pirates masquerading as our own thoughts.

It may seem like a harsh and humiliating discipline, an annoying exercise and pointless task to stop and ask ourselves what we are thinking, to apply an antiseptic bandage to our mouths and a cold shower to our emotions, but if it is the only way we can stop ourselves from being fools then it's worth it.

Wisdom is an evolutionary thing. Truth is always truth but it can take many forms. Public opinion is often quite wrong and ought to be challenged at every step. It has been said that a true leader doesn't create followers, he creates more leaders. Original thought is met with scoffing and abuse, sometimes with violence, until it is honed and shaped to fit the average man's mind set and then takes it's place in the tapestry of the acceptable and soon becomes more of the same general opinion, adhered to without thought.

There will always be a real thinker in some lonely outpost, aloof and remote from the rest of us who sees clearly and knows his own heart. There's your genius. There's the leader.

DB - The Vagabond
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PUZZLE - WEEKEND EDITION

Labor over this.
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Good luck.
DB
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1 comment:

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

But current public opinion, which is often baseless, is very difficult to combat. To try is to crash and burn.