I am a believer in assisted recall. Clipboards, color-coded legal pads, scraps of paper tacked up so as not to forget, all help me remember. They all hold intentions, my ideas for the future, things I will actually do, things I want to seriously consider, things that qualify only as wishful thinking.
When these lists are brought together in groups, by chronology or subject, or even location, they tend to have stylistic characteristics that separate them, such as calligraphic mannerisms, linear qualities of draftsmanship, density of image, the presence of symmetry, or not.
"I don't think any thought process is possible without personal experience. That is, every thought is an afterthought, a reflection on some other matter or event."
- Hannah Arendt on Modernity (1964)
"Loving them, I cannot hide the truth from them: each step in knowledge leads them to the truth. And the truth is death." - Leo Tolstoy, Only Faith Can Give Truth
"[I]n the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship…is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. … Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out."
We are committed to the idea that study is what you do with other people. It’s talking and walking around with other people, working, dancing, suffering, some irreducible convergence of all three, held under the name of speculative practice. The notion of a rehearsal—being in a kind of workshop, playing in a band, in a jam session, or old men sitting on a porch, or people working together in a factory—there are these various modes of activity. The point of calling it “study” is to mark that the incessant and irreversible intellectuality of these activities is already present.
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten in The Undercommons
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. -- Charles Spurgeon
"The journey to a much-needed revolution may start with the first step we take outside; our re-armament beginning with the first moment we take to stop and look around — look up — into the trees which surround us and the limitless sky. Art, history, myth, religion, science — and even our embattled health — each implore us to reconnect with our sense of awe."