Sunday, July 3, 2011
Reason and Passion
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason ruling alone is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing. And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes."
- Kahlil Gibran from "The Prophet"
As you can see, I've been doing some reading and thinking lately, a lot of that. It's been several years since I picked my copy of "The Prophet" off the bookshelf. Its a book of powerful poetry, masterfully written to speak to you throughout your life. Sections I found powerful years ago are not the same as the ones that strike me as I read it today. If you have never read it I feel you should. my advice is do not read it cover to cover, it is not that kind of book. read the first chapter and then let the table of contents guide you to read the sections that catch your eye. It has become my "go to gift" for a graduation present.
I know this is a woodworking blog and not a literary blog. But when I read any book I read through the eyes of a dedicated woodworker. As far as the above quote is concerned, I would argue that there is no where in the whole world where I can find the balance between Reason and Passion better than in my shop. Standing at the workbench is my "peacemaker."
And if that isn't woodworking, then nothing is.
Ratione et Passionis
at 11:37 PM