Wednesday, March 2, 2011

{pope joan and How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci}

Very interesting read. I LOVED this book. So interesting, pierced my soul. Made me glad to live now.

A few interesting quotes:
" "How does it happen that man can reason?'
"Reason is the spark of the divine essence in man. 'so God created man in His own image; In the image of God created He him.'"
"You have a good command of Scripture. So you would agree, then, that reason is God-given?"
"Most Assuredly."
Joan crept closer, moving out from behind the shadow of the partition; she did not want to miss what Aesculapius said next.
"Then why fear to expose faith to reason? If God gave it to us, how then should it lead us from Him?"
The canon shifted in his seat. Joan had never seen him look so uncomfortable. He was a missionary, trained to lecture and to preach, unaccustomed to the give-and-take of logial debate. He opened his mouth to reply, then closed it.
"Indeed," Aeculapius went on, "is it not lack of faith that leads men to fear the scrutiny of reason? If the destination is doubtful, then the path must be fraught with fear. A robust faith need not fear, for if God exists, then reason cannot help but lead us to Him. 'I think, therefore God is.'"...
In her heart, she felt the truth of it."

How to Think like Leo...
by Micheal J. Gelb.

There were just a few quotes in here that I would like to share with you. "He who loses his sight loses his view of the universe, and is like one interred alive who can still move about and breathe in his grave.... It is the master of astronomy... It reigns over the various departments of mathematics and all its sciences are the most infallible. It has measured the distance and the size of stars; has discovered the elements and the nature thereof and from the courses of the constellations it has enabled us to predict things to come.?

And this would be insignificant. I didn't realize that daVinci was a musician. But apparently he was a very good one. He wrote, "Music may be called the sister of painting, for she is dependent upon hearing. Painting excels and ranks higher than music, because it does not fade away as soon as it is born...."

" the average human 'looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.'" I have made this a personal invitation to pay attention and appreciate the world around me.

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