June 27, 2018
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death”
Yesterday was tough, too much to do and not enough time to do it. Since I am running behind so I am sending a reprint this morning.
Ray’s Daily first published on June 27, 2007
I attended a lecture today that helped me again realize that I miss more than I need to and what I miss is often vital to my understanding what I am seeing. I am concerned that my curiosity may have waned over the years. It seems like I often stop looking too soon and miss the nuance of what I am seeing.
I wonder if it is laziness or pride that drives me to draw conclusions at the first recognition of what I am seeing. I hope not, as being first with an answer is not how score should be kept, it is kept on the accuracy of what we see. Too often the visual assumption that I may have made has been based on how what I am seeing is similar to what I have seen before. What I report may be good enough most of the time but often it is less than it might be as I have missed the details. And like they say “The Devil Is in the Details,” and the details may change the picture dramatically and with a completely different perception than what I had when I quit looking too soon.
I know this probably sounds convoluted but look at it this way, when we look at something there is a surface image in the foreground that often dominates when seen it is seen only as a surface dimension, but often there is background that takes us to a deeper depth of understanding. Even without background there is often more to see by seeing all of the picture elements and not just the primary subject. Do things change if we see a pretty girl alongside a table with a cigarette burning in an ashtray and then see the same girl with only a perfect rose on that very same table.
Einstein said intellectual growth should continue throughout life. I wonder if that is possible if we let our curiosity whither, sacrificed because of our impatience and intellectual laziness. This does not apply to you of course, just to me and a few others.
The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.
A teacher was having trouble teaching arithmetic to one little boy. So she said, “If you reached in your right pocket and found a nickel, and you reached in your left pocket and found another one, what would you have?”
“Somebody else’s pants.”
Why is it that night falls but day breaks?
The decision to carry heart defibrillators on airplanes saved a passenger’s life on a Dallas flight.
Unfortunately, his HMO only covers coronaries on round trip flights, purchased 14 days in advance with a Saturday stay over.
The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.
There’s a story about an MIT student who spent an entire summer going to the Harvard football field every day wearing a black and white striped shirt, walking up and down the field for ten or fifteen minutes throwing birdseed, blowing a whistle, and then walking off the field.
At the end of the summer, it came time for the first Harvard home football game, the referee walked onto the field and blew the whistle, and the game had to be delayed for a half hour to wait for the birds to get off of the field.
The guy wrote his thesis on this and graduated.
“The person who would like to make his dreams come true must stay awake.”
A married lady friend sent this; I wonder what she is trying to tell us.
A woman’s perfect breakfast:
She’s sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee
Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box.
Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week
Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl
… and her husband is on the back of the milk carton
Which came first? The woman or the department store?
A housewife with three young children was getting dinner ready when the phone rang. The six-year-old picked it up and said, “Hi, Daddy!” and she began telling him about her day. She then passed the phone to her brother and sister as was the custom whenever Daddy called from work.
When it was finally the wife’s turn to talk she took the receiver and said, “Hi, hon.”
“Thank God, lady,” the voice on the other end replied. “I just called to tell you that the wallpaper you ordered is here!”
I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
TOP 7 SIGNS YOUR PASTOR NEEDS A VACATION
- His first words to the congregation on Sunday morning are “alright, listen up you heathens…”
- He falls asleep during his own sermon.
- He shows up for Sunday service wearing Bermuda shorts and a Tank Top
- Every time his pager goes off, he shouts, “Why can’t they just leave me alone?!”
- Announces baptismal services will be at the Grand Canyon
- You go to his office for counseling and pour your heart out to him and he says, “Sounds like a personal problem to me.”
AND THE NUMBER ONE SIGN YOUR PASTOR NEEDS A VACATION
- For the past two months he has preached the same sermon every Sunday.
A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.
Two truck drivers, Ralph and Cletus, who drove as a team, were interviewing for a job at a new trucking company. Many questions were asked, and answered, with Ralph doing most of the talking as Cletus never had much to say.
The interview was coming to a close with one more question. “Ralph, you’re driving in the mountains in Colorado. You’re going down a very steep grade with a very sharp curve at the bottom. All of a sudden, your brakes quit. What do you do?”
Ralph scratched his chin for a bit, then said, “I’d wake up Cletus.”
The interviewer was puzzled and asked “Why wake up Cletus?”
Ralph replied, “Because he ain’t never seen a wreck like we’re fixin to have!”
Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW!
Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing their contract’s sick-leave provisions.
One morning at the bargaining table, the company’s chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper, “This man,” he announced, “called in sick yesterday!”
There on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score. The silence in the room was broken by a union negotiator.
“Wow,” he said. “Think of what kind of score he could have had if he hadn’t been sick!”
I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
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