Outside of a dog a book

Don’t tell anyone but old poets never die, and they don’t just fade away.


There are notions, inventions of dabblers, poor phrases become adage that can become trend by default because in some ways there is a misplaced structure in society or the family or in education, but hopefully not all three. When a joke or an angry quip catches on and spreads, very often youth, but not only youth, over use and develop recriminations. Think Lord of the Flies.

Maybe I am just grasping at a chronology of forms but the idea that the older we get the less we can do, the slower we become, we lose a certain touch, or drive, our transmission loses linkage, is a bias. This misrepresentation, which is supported by a good portion of the business world, is a negative, almost oppressive in nature, that is simply not true, and probably could be proven by “prudential algebra”. Studies show that the brain (prefrontal cortex) does not fully develop until nearly the age of 25  .  Many would assert that better judgement doesn’t occur until later in life, and that wisdom grows with experience.

Of course there is danger in putting this idea out there. It is not an assertion that half the population considers age discrimination to be based on fact. Mind sets develop at all ages and levels of intelligence.

If we are to avoid mind sets there are at least two ways, the pre-decisional deliberative frame of mind, and the post-decisional frame of mind; or contemplation on the implementation of a decision. Does it sound political , or even legal yet? Read the PDF.

It would be unfortunate if dear reader you were forming any set ideas when I would like to be encouraging creative thought. Or that which would be more the outcome of say reading poetry and avoiding any notions that what is good and useful needs to be contemporary, new and trendy, young and hot, or even judged to be award-winning. Some of the best poems can come from the a class of fifth or seventh graders that have been encouraged that they too, can write a poem.

So why would it seem that there is a certain majority of readers that have mind sets about reading poetry, do’s and do-nots, never been interested, never have and are too hard to understand, reflecting a basic closed mindedness to literature in general.

Who was it who said: Outside of a dog a book is mans best friend; inside of a dog it’s too dark to read?

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“In a celebrated piece of advice given to an uncertain decision maker, Benjamin Franklin counseled a friend not on what to decide but on how to decide: I cannot, for want of sufficient premises, advise you what to determine, but if you please I will tell you how. . . . My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro, and over the other Con. Then, during three or four days consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of different motives, that at different times occur to me for or against the measure. When I have thus got them all together in one view, I endeavor to estimate the respective weights . . . [to] find at length where the balance lies. (as quoted in Dawes, 1988, p. 202) This method, which Franklin referred to as “prudential algebra,” has been argued to be a useful technique for making appropriate, well-reasoned decisions and for avoiding many of the snares of judgment, prediction, and decision-making to which people are commonly prone (see Dawes, 1988). Franklin himself argued that through the use of this method, he made better judgments and rendered himself “less liable to make a rash step.””

“William James heaped further scorn on those for whom deliberation was an enduring state rather than a finite process stepped through en route to a goal: “There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision” (James, 1890).”

Read books, buy books. And as my friend Tom says, “find beauty.”

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