I’ve been having some wonderfully deep conversations with friends lately about life, but have been frustrated because I’ve felt that I’ve lacked the depth of understanding to communicate certain ideas and insights to them. Pablo Neruda says in one of his love poems: “Between the lips and the voice something goes dying,” and I’ve felt very much this way. Somehow inside I know what I want to say, only when I attempt to articulate it, I’m left with a discouraging feeling of the inadequacy of my communication. So with these experiences in mind, I’ve decided to resurrect a project that I’ve had on the back-burner for some time now.
Drawing from Mortimer J. Adler’s classic TV series, How to Think About the Great Ideas takes 52 great ideas —- ideas that stem from the ancient world —- and examines them from a philosophical viewpoint. Adler, a philosopher and educator, taught that we are all philosophers and to ignore that which stimulates our minds, diminishes us to the level of ants; ants do not require the medium of choice but humans do, and, therefore, it is important to always choose “in terms of ideas.” In the world of ideas there are always new frontiers to explore and I think I’m ready to take that journey.
There are 52 ideas in all, so I’m thinking of posting one idea each week for one year. The first idea is “How To Think of Truth”. Yikes, not a light topic to start with but here I go, adding another project to my set of unfinished ones. Wish me luck and please feel free to join me if the impulse so moves you!!