learn the flowers
learn the flowers
"Now he who wonders and is perplexed feels that he is ignorant (thus the myth-lover is in a sense a philosopher, since myths are composed of wonders); therefore if it was to escape ignorance that men studied philosophy, it is obvious that they pursued science for the sake of knowledge, and not for any practical utility.The actual course of events bears witness to this; for speculation of this kind began with a view to recreation and pastime, at a time when practically all the necessities of life were already supplied. Clearly then it is for no extrinsic advantage that we seek this knowledge; for just as we call a man independent who exists for himself and not for another, so we call this the only independent science, since it alone exists for itself."*Or, as Charles Peirce once put it, science is the practice of those who desire to find things out.**
* I want to be more in love with my wife, and to be helping her to be glad to be in love with me twenty years from now;Now I have some things to add, but I will sum them up in this: I want to invest for seven generations. That is, I don't want to be so focused on the urgent things that clamor for my attention that I lose sight of those things of enduring value. Imagine designing a building, as Gaudí did in designing the Sagrada Familia, that you will never see completed. Imagine building the seed-vault of Svalbard, something that you hope will never have to be used, but that is an investment in those who might come after us. This is what I want to imitate; I want to invest my time and skills in things that will be a gift to those who come later. It's not that I want a shrine to my name; I don't care about that. It's that I want to leave behind something worth inheriting, even if I am forgotten by those who receive it.
* I want to continue to learn new things;
* I want to live near my kids for at least part of every year;
* I want to earn what we need, and to be a generous giver to those who have a hard time doing so.
"But in our time the languages have broken down. Since they are no longer shared, the processes which keep them deep have broken down: and it is therefore virtually impossible for anybody, in our time, to make a building live." (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979) p. 225
1) to learn about new work in fields that interest me; and
Here’s an even shorter answer: as a teacher and researcher, I want to live in a way that’s worth imitating. I’m sure I don’t always get it right, but I aim to make my social media accounts an illustration of how I’m trying to do that; I’m trying to live imitably.2) to post things that I think might help others learn something new.