"Intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals..."

Friday, May 23, 2008

Classics, Not Textbooks!

This is one of the 7 Keys to a Leadership Education. It is imperative to expose children (and yourself) to classics. By the way, that does not just mean books. It can include art, movies, drama/theatre, music. A classic is something that touches our soul and we must be willing and wanting to encounter it more than once. The classics leave us wanting for more, feeling more than when we started it. They form our souls and teach us important life lessons. All leaders need this exposure.

Textbooks are snapshots of information, giving the learner "what or when to think" on the subject. A classic must be reflected upon and discussed. The classics put us in touch with the past, but even more importantly in touch with ourselves.

What classics are you reading, watching, listening to or admiring? Remember, it doesn't have to be a classic to anyone else but you.

Translation from yesterday:

And finally, one must consider how great the ease of learning
there is in books, how yielding, how trusty !
How safely we reveal, without shyness, in the face of our books
the poverty of our human ignorance !
They are teachers who instruct us without switches or rods,
without slaps or anger, without notice of rags or riches.
If you approach them , they are not asleep;
If you ask a question, they do not hide;
They do not mutter at you if you make a mistake;
When you are ignorant, they do not know how to laugh at you.

Today's Latin phrase:
Homo unius libri timeo. - St. Thomas Aquinas

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