Monday, June 14, 2010

Sitting At The Feet Of Minds

The title doesn't say it all, but it is a start.
Without getting all mentalphysical on y'all, I've been thinking about a lot of stuff lately-habitual hazard when my 'work' uses approx 5% of my brain. The rest gets restless.
Just as steel sharpens steel, I think that we can learn much by exploring the minds/hearts of those who are sharp, bright, genius. We learn more listening to wise men than wisenheimers.
First and foremost, those of us brought into God's family, having His indwelling Spirit gain wisdom by taking in/consuming His Word. That is why you see us carrying Bibles-it is our lifetime school book and nourishment. Our capacity for learning of God in this life is weak, feeble...but understandable-we are merely men.
Example: one of my favorite Bible teachers is Charles Spurgeon. He dug deeply into God's Word with both hands-and was blessed with a fine ability to deseminate what he had learned.
But for all of his lifetime study of the Scriptures, I  daresay that he received infinitely more knowledge of God the milisecond he arrived in Heaven. And so it will be for all of us who will arrive there.
Now, through a glass, darkly...
But this post isn't just about learning from God. There is more.
When you listen to Mozart, to Beethoven, to Bach (or Bach, or Bach) you are enjoying how their minds worked, how each accomplished moving their audience in a unique way. Think of how much JOY has been brought into the world by those few men! 
Lately I've been going back through some of the Nero Wolfe mysteries-Rex Stout was a genius.
Thelonious Monk. Stanley Kubrick. Shakespeare. don marquis?
Each has improved my education through studying what they did, their 'art', showing how their minds work.
Good luck on your midterms.


Doug said...

As you can tell, somethings have something something.
Let me know what you something something.

Doug said...

me again.
If you don't want the hassle of choosing anything, just use your name in the comment and go anonymous.
Tired! Have a

Anonymous said...

Thumbs up on the new look.

You like Kubrick, eh? He certainly has a unique sense of visual style and storytelling (always very deliberate).

And Bach, of course. How often does someone emerge who changes the language of music? I'm not sure anyone has in the last 100 years (although Penderecki has made a certain contribution).

- James

Anonymous said...

Dougwerk says:
Dr. Strangelove is tops.
As for music-I mentioned Monk. He is one of the few composers who lived in our lifetime who will still be heard a hundred years from now. And he did it before the era of CD's.
Also Lennon/McCartney will be heard-they were that good.