Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The mind can only grow when it's well fed and exercised

The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter.
- Joshua Reynolds, painter (1723-1792)

The point here is not that the mind must be fed, but that it must go beyond that with new and unexamined material so that it stretches beyond its previous boundaries.

The human mind is limited only by bounds it puts on itself. It has potential beyond what most of us can imagine.

That potential can only be explored and exploited when the person who controls the mind wants to go where the mind has not been before. This also means allowing for input of opinions that are different from what the mind believes and for evidence that does not support what the mind has accepted as truth.

Those who believe that they have reached their intellectual goal in life have effectively ended their intellectual life.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help people reach beyond what they believed was their mental limits.
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