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The Fallen Sign - A Study In Observation.

23 Jul 2017 02:44 #1 by ARLewis
ARLewis ► The Fallen Sign - A Study In Observation.
The Fallen Sign - A Study In Observation.

I was asked by a good friend of mine the other day, “Why?”
I answered him, “Because.”
“Because what?” they asked.
“Because Why.”
“Huh?” (could use one more voice tag here, even though leading line explains the second Huh, some might not catch on, sadly.)
I returned his ‘huh’ because I wanted to give him a chance to actually ask his question. (for the original ‘why’ caught me off guard and I fell into whimsy).
“Why do you study?”
“Why do I study what?”
“Study anything at all I suppose,” they replied. “I apologize for the open ended question.”
“It’s not such an open ended question.”
“How can that be?” they asked. “I did not ask about a particular topic of study.”
“Ah, but the wisdom of the question belies the wisdom of the answer.”
“Which is what?” inquired my friend. “Are you going to refer to religion, the Afterlife, Alchemy, mythology…what?”
“Yes,” I answered them.
I again answered with,”yes.”
“Yes what?”
I chuckled, but decided to lay the jocularity aside for the moment.
“In answer to your actual original question of ‘Why?’, my answer still remains ‘Because’ as that is the best answer to that question every single time. In answer to your second question, ‘why do I study’, I can say that I study anything that I do to acquire knowledge so that it can be sourced out to the world for consideration and reflection.”
“But why is that important?” they asked.
“I will answer that with another question. How do you know how to drive a car?”
“My parents taught me.”
“And how did they learn how?”
“Their parents taught them.”
“Information learned is passed along from one generation to the next by teaching, learning, and studying what one is taught, correct?” I inquired.
“I suppose…”
“And therein lies your answer. And before you ask me another question, I was referring to your original questions of ‘why’ and ‘why study’.”
“I study to learn and to be able to pass along the information,” I said, “and to keep the knowledge so it does not fade into history and is lost.”
“But why study these old texts and dusty books?” they asked.
“So anyone else will only have to observe and learn in their own way.”
“And the Afterlife? Why follow that kook Slate?”
“That answer is even simpler,” I replied. “The Visions.”
“Have you had any of…”
“I only help study them so others can observe and interpret. In essence, I study so that others do not have to. Speaking of which, would you please do me a favor and pick up the sign that has fallen to the ground outside that door?”
“Sure,” they said.
As they turned away towards the door, I put the headphones back on that I had on before they came into the lab.
“You ass,” was all I heard before the door closed behind them.
For the sign read, “Fragile document room. Please keep door closed and the area quiet. Thank you. (“Knowledge can be dry unless occasionally salted with wit. A R Lewis” Have a Nice Day. :) )


“If a person studies too much and exhausts his reflective powers, he will be confused, and will not be able to apprehend even that which had been within the power of his apprehension. For the powers of the body are all alike in this respect.”
― Maimonides

You will ever remember that all the End of study is to make you a good Man and a useful Citizen.—This will ever be the Sum total of the Advice of your affectionate Father,

― John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

“To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”
― Marilyn Vos Savant

“It does not matter where you go and what you study, what matters most is what you share with yourself and the world.”
― Santosh Kalwar

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