Meditation for Monday of Week 07 in the season of Dormancy:   

Willingness

Salvador Dali, Figure at a Window (1925)

This section begins with a digression. When politicians, or judges, make decisions along ideological lines, often it is because they are unwilling to consider the opposing side. Without willingness and honesty, and an openness new information or a new perspective, a great intellect bears no better fruit than an uninformed one. It cannot find the truth because it is unwilling to see it.

Einstein said “science without religion is blind.” As the biographer Walter Isaacson explains, Einstein did not use “religion” to mean belief in a god or gods. He was referring to “those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding.” He was referring to willingness, the seminal aspiration of ethics and morality. As Einstein observed, only those imbued with that aspiration can create science.

This early in our calendar year, we are treating willingness at the most fundamental level, far behind what Einstein had in mind. Yet as with science, willingness is only a first but a necessary step toward making use of our talents and abilities. We cannot accomplish anything without being willing to arise from our beds and engage the world, or simply to confront ourselves if the accomplishment resides within us.

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REAL

Imaginary

Visual Arts

Film and Stage

Music: Composers, artists, and major works

Handel, Concerti Grossi, Op. 6: in these concerti, Handel “incorporated . . . the full range of his compositional styles, including trio sonatas, operatic arias, French ouvertures, Italian sinfonias, airs, fugues, themes and variations and a variety of dances.”

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Grid Omnibus

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Anxiety

   
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Intolerance


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Extremism


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Space and Time

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