The Poet and the Philosopher are kindred spirits, since both are inspired by wonder–Thomas Aquinas
Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done it best, the wonder remains–Alfred North Whitehead
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed–Albert Einstein
Even after forty years of teaching Philosophy, my mind is still filled with wonder. I have found that blogging is a way of meeting and dialoguing with kindred souls who are also wondering about the magnificent mystery we call Life. Dialogue literally means “to think things through together,” and to me, thinking is more than mental exercise. It entails imagination, poetic dreams, and giving attention to the gifts of experience. The relationship between “thinking” and “thanking” is no accident, as Heidegger points out. And so I write my tentative ideas with a sense of gratitude to all those past and present seekers who have longed to understand life’s mystery and done their best to express the inexpressible.
Violence and war, suffering and poverty, seem inevitable, but by following the inspiration of visionary women and men down through the ages and through lively conversations with friends about things that really matter, I believe that we have the opportunity to create more ample and generous templates that frame an increasingly kind and compassionate world.