[lit-ideas] Re: Hidden thinking

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:47:49 +0100

An astute observation, which reminds of my postgraduate days when I was
reading a lot but probably thinking little. It also reminds me that I still
need to read the second volume of the The World as Will and Idea. It is
planned for this winter, if the circumstances permit.


On Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 8:31 PM, Torgeir Fjeld <torgeir_fjeld@xxxxxxxx>

> " When we read, another person thinks for us: we merely repeat his mental
> process. It is the same as the pupil, in learning to write, following with
> his pen the lines that have been pencilled by the teacher. Accordingly, in
> reading, the work of thinking is, for the greater part, done for us. This
> is why we are consciously relieved when we turn to reading after being
> occupied with our own thoughts. But, in reading, our head is, however,
> really only the arena of some one else's thoughts. And so it happens that
> the person who reads a great deal--that is to say, almost the whole day,
> and recreates himself by spending the intervals in thoughtless diversion,
> gradually loses the ability to think for himself; just as a man who is
> always riding at last forgets how to walk."
> Arthur Schopenhauer.
> Happy returns
> TF
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