April 18, 2022
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
I have found that even though I am not as active as I once was there is still a lot I don’t know. I am glad that I have my computer and a smart TV that provides so many paths to wisdom. I also have many smart neighbors who provide enlightenment. It is this abundance of knowledge that keeps my life interesting.
Here is a story about enjoying what the school of life has to offer.
Learn of Me
A merchant, an old man, and his little daughter met by the side of a fountain of clear, sparkling waters. On the fountain was an inscription that read, “Learn of me!”
The merchant said he learned a great lesson from the fountain. It started as a trickle of water, but as it wended its way to the sea, it was joined by streams and brooks and creeks and, in due course, became a roaring river. We should do our work likewise, start with little beginnings and soon develop big businesses.
The old man said that the lesson he learned from the fountain was to serve silently, friends and strangers alike.
The little girl said that the lesson she learned was that the water is useless unless it is pure. Therefore, we should live a clean and chaste life.
The teacher is one. Everyone learns according to his or her aptitude and capacity. In this school of life the day on which we have not learned something new is a lost day indeed.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
The University of California at Berkley has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. This new element has been tentatively named “Administratium”. Administratium has 1 neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 111 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by a force called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
Since Administratium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Administratium causes one reaction to take over 4 days to complete when it would normally take less than a second. Administratium has a normal half-life of 3 years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons and assistant deputy neutrons exchange places.
In fact, Administratium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization causes some morons to become neutrons forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Administratium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as “Critical Morass.” You’ll know it when you see it.
“Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.”
J.C.F. von Schiller
LETTER FROM A FARM KID, (NOW AT San Diego MARINE CORPS RECRUIT TRAINING.)
Dear Ma and Pa,
I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled. I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 A.M. but I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing. Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there’s warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food plus yours holds you till noon when you get fed again.
It’s no wonder these city boys can’t walk much. We go on “route marches,” which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different. A “route march” is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks. The country is nice but awful flat. The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don’t bother you none.
This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don’t know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don’t move, and it ain’t shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don’t even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.
Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain’t like fighting with that ole bull at home. I’m about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I’m only 5’6″ and 130 pounds and he’s 6’8″ and near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.
Your loving daughter,
“Remember: the average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.”
The Priest had just finished hearing the man’s confession and was considering the man’s penitence.
“Are you sure you’re going to try to set aside all sin?”
“Yes, Father, I certainly am going to try.” replied the man. “I hereby resolve to double my efforts.”
“And you’re going to attend Mass regularly my son?” the Priest went on.
“Yes, Father, I realize I have strayed.” said the man. “I shall both worship and confess every week.”
“And how about your debts and those you have cheated?” inquired the Priest.
“Now just a minute, Father.” said the man. “Now you’re talking business, not religion.”
A symptom of wisdom is curiosity. The evidence is calmness and perseverance. The causes are experimentation and understanding.
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