Thursday, June 15, 2006

 

MOre Quotes I Like


"The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire
to be kindled."
- Plutarch


"To be what we are,
and to become what we are capable
of becoming,
is the only end in life."
- Robert Louis Stevenson

"Our greatest pretenses are built
up not to hid the evil and the ugly
in us,
but our emptiness.
The hardest thing to hide is something
that is not there."
- Eric Hoffer


The Creative Cosultant can take the words of Plutarch and realize that motivation is as important as gaining any knowledge. In fact, without a strong motivating influence we usually pass up on gaining new skills, updating our kowledge base, or applying our creativity to projects. Therefore, don't bother forcing your creative growth as a consultant. This seldom brings solutions or answers. Let your natural motivations, those things that "fire" you up, start the process of gains and success.

As Robert Louis Stevenson, the great fiction writer of the last cetnury, and author of Treasure Island puts it: our aim is becoming. A fixed idea of ones self is the sure sign of death and this can happen in the midst of our living. We must pay closer attention to that which we are developing within ourselves in order to meet our potential.

Eric Hoffer, the great psychologist and thinker on all things creative, has brought us face to face with our human delimma. We see others pretense, others misguided attempts to appear important, ego driven and perfect. We seldom see the same qaulities in ourselves. Until we realize that the face of the "other" is our own, that the lack of honesty lies within us each time we recognize it in others, then we are forced to live in a most disingenuous way. Furthrmore, this 'emptiness', unless perceived on a daily basis, seen as a true lack within our many selves, will lead to a life with no integrity attached to our existence. We will blindly consider ourselves whole, beatific, complete.

This great lie that accompanies us everywhere, is the false 'pretender' that assumes importance, and appears vile and pretentious. When in fact, he is a small child, hiding in the corner, screaming and crying in a world of unanswered questions.



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