Alexander Pope said: “A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep or taste not the Pierian Spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.”
“Pope is also renowned for being the third-most quoted English-language writer by The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, and the two couplets above are perhaps his most quoted lines.
The “little learning..”, or as commonly misquoted “little knowledge..”, is an excerpt from his monumental poem An Essay on Criticism. The poem discusses virtues and flaws which influence a sound criticism of a work of art. Pope was a great champion of…” [read more]
His argument is that “little learning” is a real hazard…
“Education does not stop with a high school or a college diploma – our knowledge gets quickly outdated. Without a continuing conscious education we cannot notice the minor, or understand the major problems that we individually or collectively have to face, not to mention coming up with lasting solutions. We need to “drink deep”, or never stop “learning to learn”, all for the betterment of, if not the world then at least of the things and people we value the most.”
You hear of stories about retirement where the wife can’t take it anymore and yells out to the husband…
Get A Hobby!
It hasn’t happened to me yet, although the thought might be in my wife’s head somewhere. When it finally happens, I still won’t be prepared. I’m to busy for a hobby, too busy to even think about one, so I try to stay out from under foot!
When I retired, I had more work on my plate than I did when I worked a full time job! Still do…! Part of it IS that dang “honey-do list“.
Making that list IS my wife’s hobby, I swear. How can one human being think of so many things for a loved one to do?
Maybe I’ll write a book. Oh wait… I am writing a book. Not as a hobby – it’s not enjoyable enough.
Maybe I’ll check out what some other people do for hobbies… yeah, that’s it! I bet I could find 48 successful people with unique hobbies and do what they do. Well, not all 48, maybe just one, if I’m lucky, and they share a common interest.
Ah… found it… a video… are you surprised?
Mental Floss introduces the video saying that since hobbies define your innate character in more ways than you can imagine, a look into the unique hobbies of famous people can lend us a sneak peek into their minds.
I won’t reveal what’s in the video, other than to say a couple surprised me!
After watching the video, I’ve decided I’m going to hold off on deciding about a hobby. I’ll wait to see what my wife adds to the list. Maybe it’ll be “catch some fish“…
Some people are creative by nature & they had fun doing this…
Great example of an idea conceived after midnight, with birth done fully awake — perhaps the video creator read Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe where it was said “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
That 1st scene…? I guess it caught me at the right moment… It was a rare, roflmao moment…
ROLLIN SAFARI – what if animals were round?
video source: ROLLIN’ WILD at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yltlJEdSAHw
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