Friday, July 11, 2008

I'm Back (Kim)

My laptop is fixed! I had a horrible virus that wouldn't let me on the internet, but it is fixed and I feel like I have an old friend back.
Tonight was book club night. We had a great discussion on The Walking Drum by Louis L'Amour. I will admit this was not one of my favorite books that we have read for book club (okay, actually it was my least favorite), but I enjoyed the discussion and really came away with a lot that I hadn't thought about. And, in fact, I am looking forward to reading it a second time with a new perspective. I think that is one of the great things about book clubs. Everyone takes something different from the book and when you get together and discuss every one's different ideas and opinions it really broadens your perspective. I will confess that I was hurrying through the book and just surface reading. I wasn't asking questions and digging deep, I wasn't thinking about what I was reading I was just trying to finish it (which I didn't). I thought about that tonight at the book club as Laurie read a quote from the book that says: "Reading without thinking is as nothing, for a book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think." -- Louis L'Amour The Walking Drum p. 201-202. It is hard work to think about a book not just read it. I think this is where the pain of learning comes in that Mortimer Adler (download article here) talks about. Learning is hard and it takes work. Am I willing to put the work into it that it requires? Do I want that knowledge bad enough that I am willing to go through the pain it takes to get it? I think I am starting to get there, (obviously I wasn't on this book the first time around) but I can definitely look back and say I have come a long way in the last year.


Tate Family said...

Aren't you glad it's a journey and not a place to arrive? Does that make sense?
I read it for fun instead of learning, but I still took a lot away from it. (Now to reatain those insights!) It did bring up new questions to someday explore. Hmmm, isn't that education?

Laurie said...

It is definitely a journey...I just want to make the most of my journey. :-) It seems like I am always rushing through the books. I long for a lifestyle which lends itself to having the time for deep study of each book. Will that ever happen? I sure hope so!
The discussion last night was great! I love hearing what everyone else found in the book. It will be fun to go to seminar and see even more views.

Kim said...

Thanks Jodi and Laurie I agree with you both. Thanks for the reminder that this is a journey. I get frustrated that I don't know everything I want to know and that I don't have the time to read and learn everything I want to learn. I do need to relax more and enjoy the journey, especially since I never will know everything there is to know about anything.