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Daily Obstruction: Learned the Hard Way

27 Mar

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Learned the Hard Way

 

Experience is a good teacher, but bad experience is a better teacher.

 

Daily Obstruction: Life-Long Learning

22 Feb

 

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Life’s Learning Curve

 

After particularly unpleasant encounters, people sometimes say, “I guess it was a learning experience.”  Everything is a learning experience if only you are aware of your ignorance.  It’s only when you forget your ignorance that you encounter difficulty due to the false presumption of knowledge about your current situation.

Daily Obstruction: Theme & Variation

27 Jan

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Theme & Variations

 

Once, when I was a young man, I got out of a crowded Manhattan subway at night.  All the commuters went up the right staircase.  Separating myself from the herd, I went up the left stairway all alone. . . and got pistol-whipped and mugged.  The rest of my life has been a variation on that theme.

Daily Obstruction: To the Victor

24 Jan

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To The Victor Go The Spoils

 

Defeat schools the loser more than success the winner.

Daily Obstruction: In-Tuition of Nature

15 Jan

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In-Tuition of Nature

Nature’s first lessons are taught with pain and pleasure.  Once these are learned – if ever – then she whispers the secret of communion and fidelity.  After a long apprenticeship, she secretly bestows her creative power, indicating graduation.  This is done unceremoniously and the only rewards she offers for such a rare accomplishment is delight in poetic pain.

Daily Obstruction: The Spiral Curriculum

7 Jan

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Nature’s Spiral Curriculum

 

Life lessons are presented obliquely.  They are learned, if at all, by repetition.

Castalia Cultural Center

20 Jul

Announcing the inaugural lecture series of the Castalia Cultural Center:

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When: Tuesday evenings (6pm – 7pm) beginning September 16, 2014 (First Lecture Series is consists of 5 lectures – one every Tuesday, unless otherwise noted.)

Where: 1318 Beacon Street, Suite 15, Brookline, MA 02446

Who: Jason Giannetti

What: “Homer to Aristotle: Ancient Greek Education and Philosophy and Their Counterfeits”

Cost: $10/lecture, $50 for the entire series

Space is limited, so register early.

Contact Jason Giannetti: jasongiannetti@yahoo.com

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