Day 174: June 23 – Judge A Person By Their Questions, Rather Than Their Answers

Thracian Girl Carrying the Head of Orpheus on His Lyre by Gustave Moreau

~ Thracian Girl Carrying the Head of Orpheus on His Lyre by Gustave Moreau

Legend has it that Orpheus is a mythical Thracian poet that had the musical ability to charm humans, animals, rocks and trees. He died when he angered the wild female followers of Dionysus.  He was torn limb from limb and his head was cast into the River Hebron. In Moreau’s painting, the head of Orpheus seemed to have fused with his musical instrument. The symbolic meaning is that of an artist, undervalued when alive, but exalted after his death.

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Wisdom

Philosophy s to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination, and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.

~ Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

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Wit

Philosophy: unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.

~ Henry Brooks Adams

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What Happened

AD 79: Death of Roman Emperor Vespasian.

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Writers Addendum

The questions that we ask define us more than anything else. Voltaire was known to say, “Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.”

Seek and you shall find. But first, you need to know what you are looking for. 

An answer to the meaning of life? The solution to your problems? What should be your new year’s resolution? Why are things the way they are? Can you change your destiny? Can the Goldberg Variations cure headaches?

Sometimes we should just accept that we do not know the answers to our questions and move on. 

Knowing that you do not know can be an answer by itself. 

Socrates said, “I know that I do not know.” And for that reason he was hailed the wisest man in Greek by the Oracle of Delphi. 

 

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