Quotes are usually extracted from the writings or sayings of learned men or women. Today’s quote is inspired by my father. He had very little education. The Army insisted that he complete his high school education getting an equivalent of a GED while serving. I spent very little time with him growing up but much of that time was spent helping me with my English. Who would have known that now I would need help with my German?
He told me that if I could learn how words were constructed I would know how to understand words I had never seen before. I might not know exactly what the word meant but I would be able to follow the gist of the conversation. We worked with a dictionary on Sundays to improve my vocabulary.
One little tidbit he dropped on me has stuck like plaster to a porous surface. I’ve looked for another source for this saying everywhere but can’t find it. His take on the world was:
“There is nothing more dangerous than a closed mind” ~ Dad
Others have said it differently.
People’s minds are like parachutes – they only function when they are open. ~ Sir James Dewar (1842-1923) Scientist
You can learn nothing new if your mind is closed. Sometimes we just need to allow the guy who says the world is round, not flat some room for possibility.
I’m thinking that when dear old dad says it, it’s a platitude. When Sir James Dewar says it, it’s a quote.
Dad had other platitudes. He would follow-up the open mind saying with another.
Take everything you hear and read with a grain of salt.
I heard that one as often. It took a bit to get the full meaning of it. Be discerning with that open mind. Don’t swallow everything you read and hear like it was…Kool Aide.
There are quotes, sayings and platitudes that we live by but do we really think about them? I have a philosophical mind bent and question everything. What I believed yesterday, may not be as true for me today. When you educate yourself, you can change your mind.
I took a look at my refrigerator magnets this morning to see if anything else stuck like glue. Since I have no more photos today I’ll leave you with these little gems.
We all go through hell once in a while. Just don’t make it a vacation spot and invite your friends. It’s ok to write a book about it though.
This one is self-explanatory.
What are the quotes or platitudes you live by?
From my heart to yours,