Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Winning Words 2/20/13
“The only wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.”  (Socrates)  Sgt Schultz was forever saying, “I know nothing.”  We laughed, but it’s true.  There’s so much in the air, the oceans, the earth that we have yet to discover.  Since the time of Socrates, we’ve only scratched the surface.  An oceanographer was asked how much we know the sea.  He had a one-word answer: “Diddly!”  Watch out for those who have all the answers.    ;-)  Jack

 FROM JAN:  I had a history teacher in high school that used to say, "The more you know the more you know you don't know ". Guess she was right!////JACK:  An aging Michelangelo scribbled in the margin of one of his sketches, "Ancora Imparo'....(I am still learning)

 FROM HONEST JOHN:  Putting this all together.  "diddly" =  " nothing"////JACK:  Diddly is a shortened version of diddly-squat, which is a cleaned-up version of....  Does diddly also apply to our study of the Agnostos Theos?

 FROM IKE AT THE MIC:  In my opinion wisdom is LEARNING from the mistakes of the past & realizing there is a great deal more we have to learn to become wiser..////JACK:  Recently I referred to the symbol for infinity which is called, the lemniscate.  The lemniscate can also be a symbol of "learning." 

FROM WALMART REV:  I don't know what to say!?////JACK:  "Put a cork in it!"

 FROM MICHIZONA RAY:  I remember after completing my "defense" at my final dissertation meeting, and knowing that the process was finally over, I thought, "I'm finished, and there is so much more I never even got to". That experience actually made the conferred degree quite insignificant to me. I experienced what Jan's teacher used to say. It is humbling for sure...yet, I still think it is crucial for one who has cognitive capacities to exercise and utilize them to their fullest. There are far too many who never seem to engage them in the first place!\////JACK:  One of the quotes that I first committed to memory was:  " Though man a thinking being is defined, Few use the grand prerogative of mind. How few think justly of the thinking few! How many never think, who think they do!"  (Jane Taylor)

 FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  That is the fun of life= learning new things. I say this as I am about to leave for my OLLI class at USF on the American Dream and what it is these days.////JACK:  I had to look it up...OLLI stands for...Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI)  which offer noncredit courses with no assignments or grades to “seasoned” adults over age 50. The Foundation was established by philanthropist Bernard Osler, who believed that you're never too old to learn.

 FROM ILLINOIS LIZ:  the first step toward perfection is acknowledging that you will never be perfect...////JACK:  Seriously, what do you think Jesus meant when he said, "Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect?"

 FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I am a fount of useless information but I'm always willing to share it. ////JACK:  Information is information.  Charles Dickens said, " No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else."  Information is like that.

 ROM PLAIN FOLKS CHESTER:  How do you know you know nothing if you know nothing?////JACK:  I don't know.

 FROM RJP IN NAPLES:  Boy, do I have wisdom.////JACK:  I know that!

2 comments:

Jan said...

I had a history teacher in high school that used to say, "The more you know the more you know you don't know ". Guess she was right!

Ray Gage said...

I remember after completing my "defense" at my final dissertation meeting, and knowing that the process was finally over, I thought, "I'm finished, and there is so much more I never even got to". That experience actually made the conferred degree quite insignificant to me. I experienced what Jan's teacher used to say. It is humbling for sure...yet, I still think it is crucial for one who has cognitive capacities to exercise and utilize them to their fullest. There are far too many who never seem to engage them in the first place!