Quotes from the printed lectures of Professor Ralph Barton Perry
The absurdities of yesterday are the common sense of today; the common sense of yesterday is now obsolete and quaint. The crank [an eccentric person, especially one who is obsessed by a particular subject or theory] of the sixteenth century was the man who said that the earth moved; the crank of the twentieth century is the man who says that it does not. Moreover, once common sense is thus reflected upon, it is seen to be in part, at least, the result of wholly irrational forces , such as habit and imitation.
Unless you were an extraordinary child you were very curious about what you called the world; curious as to who or what made it, why it was made, how it was made, why it was made as it is, and what it is like in those remote and dim regions beyond the range of your senses. Then you grew up, and having grown up, you acquired common sense, or rather common sense acquired you. […] common sense appears not as the illumination of mature years, but rather as a hardening of the mind, the worldliness and complacency of a life immersed in affairs.
[Socrates] found men busy, to be sure, but strangely unaware of what they were about; they felt sure they were getting somewhere, but they did not know where.
One thing I need to learn is to value my time more. I find myself attracted to the ideas of stoicism – “Not to live as if you had endless years ahead of you. Death overshadows you. While you’re alive and able—be good.” (Marcus Aurelius). To value my time more, I will begin to disconnect digitally – beginning with turning my phone off whenever possible. I found a list of practices and techniques that will act as a beginning guide:
- Strive for improvement and always move forward in some way
- Be mindful – focus on what I am doing (don’t waste time on distractions)
- Be reflective and contemplative
- Nurture loved ones and establish mentors
- Educate myself – constantly feed my brain, be humble and open to new knowledge
- Be nonreactive when feeling an emotional response (accept what I cannot change)
- Minimize emotional responses (think before I speak or act / don’t worry about other people)
- Avoid complaining (focus on being fair)
- Use positive visualization
Hand in hand with this idea is the development of daily practice
- Daily yoga
- Run / jog 3 times a week
- Study a minimum of 15 minutes a day
- Workout 3 times a week
Frequent small doses, relax, and enjoy the journey
Today’s day 1: 5×5, Yoga, leaving cellphone at home or powered off when out with spouse, enjoy reading an entire chapter (Sherlock Holmes), plan by writing an upcoming schedule, focus on presented lecture.