Stay curious. Ask questions. Challenge authority. Learn new things. Assume that you could be wrong.

Stay curious. Ask questions. Challenge authority. Learn new things. Assume that you could be wrong.

One of the things that I feel thankful for is that at an early age I received a bilingual education. In continued to learn new languages over time. While not proficient except in three, I can read reasonably well in several more.

If some people consider my logic occasionally warped or ‘off brand’ it is perhaps because I actively think in languages other than English.

Language is an expression of logic and a desire for action. But seldom does an idea translate neatly. That gives us perspective — not necessarily a correct perspective but a perspective, and perspective is what creates our differences. // This exists even within a single language … cultural literacy matters … which is why I educated my sons in Christian literature even though we are a mixed Unitarian-Buddhist home. (I used some Bob Jones University courses in history to homeschool my oldest son and it was an education for us both. BJU teaches a version of history that most Americans would be unfamiliar with).

Anyway, just some Friday morning thoughts. A friend just used French to express an idea … and my friend is not even a French speaker … yet the French phrase is so well known among many that it just seems appropriate.

My friend Phil Bunch wrote: Why is Black Friday like sex?

“Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment
Chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie”

The pleasure of love endures but for a moment,
but bad love endures forever.

Sometimes a logic leaps boundaries and …  time for more coffee.

4 thoughts on “Stay curious. Ask questions. Challenge authority. Learn new things. Assume that you could be wrong.”

  1. ONLY three languages, Bill? Sheesh. If I could be moderately fluent in Spanish, I would be happy. My students probably would be, too! 🙂 Good for you for teaching your children more than one perspective. The world needs more like you.

    1. Am now learning Spanish.

      One of the hardest parts of learning a foreign language is to be able to smoothly listen and just absorb the words. If we struggle to translate what we hear word-by-word then it becomes too challenging a task and we avoid using the language.

      Youtube has been a blessing for me because I regularly listen to music and watch videos in French, German and Russian … and Chinese. I don’t understand a word of Chinese but the Chinese of southeast China and the Malaysia area is very easy on the ears; one of my fav Chinese singers is Aaron Yan http://youtu.be/4qJ6z4CKhfc

      My language ability has improved immensely just from watching and listening to music videos.

    1. “Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment
      Chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie”

      The pleasure of love endures but for a moment,
      but bad love endures forever.

      It is from a song made popular by Nana Mouskouri … or possibly Edith Piaf before her: http://youtu.be/VNy8MlyZzJo

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