Our Unrelenting Inclination

“Since I first gained the use of reason my inclination toward leaning had been so violent and strong that neither the the scolding of other people…nor my own reflections…have been able to stop me from following this natural impulse…”

Juana Ines de la Cruz

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If anything had triggered progress in humanity, it is probably our innate, burning desire to know the unknown, to understand what we do not yet understand, and to grasp what may have been previously deemed indecipherable. So much has come out of this somewhat unconscious inclination.

I feel that reading satisfies this desire. With books, we are able to enjoy learning, and even experiencing (through our capable imaginations) almost a infinite number of topics. Everyone is curious about something and have questions that they want an answer to. However, we live in a world in which we have everything at our fingertips, where an answer is merely a click away. Personally, I find it much more gratifying and arousing to learn about my curiosities through a book. There’s something more magical about it, reading the lines on a page in which a writer laboriously fabricated for the motive of piquing the mind of it’s reader.

Often, our unrelenting inclination towards learning is often left unsatisfied. It’s often fear of being unpopular that I believe hinders the process of  intellectual growth. Maybe the primary way that many people may attempt seeking their mindly interests, whether they are unpopular or not, may be through a quick internet search on their smart phones. It also may because having curiosity in certain subjects is frowned upon or even rejected in their community. I have experience both firsthand. Nonetheless, I didn’t allow it to keep me from from finding books, and learning about the things that fascinated me.

If there is matter that fills your mind with wonder and intrigue, you should not allow anything from stopping you from hunting for information about it. In the end, there is are only a few thing things more rewarding than searching and finding. Personally, I recommend libraries, which are our world’s free intellectual havens and open sources of knowledge on almost anything. Pick up a book or two, and it will start you on a journey that you may have never guessed you’d be on before.

 

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10 thoughts on “Our Unrelenting Inclination

  1. Great post. I love a good documentary and such but books are so much better. I remember back in the day (not sure if this is still a thing) at the end of the first episode in a series, they would advertise the book. That would be when i stopped watching to go and read.

    Everything is interesting if it is written in a passionate and enthusiastic way and I once spent a Christmas morning reading about fishing and crop rotation in Montana. Only a book can give that thrill and I totally agree with every passionate word here! Write on!

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    1. I totally agree. Documentaries are great, but i tend to retain more information from reading.

      I have been interested in astronomy and quantum mechanics from a young age. And many people mind it really boring, especially quantum mechanics haha. However, when it’s explained passionately and by a person who is in turn passionate about it, you can really find it interesting. I have no doubt that the books about fishing and crop rotation were thrilling.

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      1. I think people are intimidated by such subjects, especially quantum mechanics, but authors of popular science tend to be able to explain it in a simpler way. It depends on the reader to do a little bit of thinking for themselves to get it and then they will get a lot from it. If there is a book about something random I will always pick it up and have a go because who knows what would be fascinating. I loved reading The Geology of the Lake District but even more exciting (to me) was Post-War Reconstruction in Australia. Fascinating reads both.

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      2. I agree with that. Hopefully they can surpass that. Maybe I’ll check those books out. Geology is interesting. I loved Astrophysics for People in a Hurry….I actually need to finish it. I was quite dense. Very fascinating as well.

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      3. Wow, that’s exciting! I’m sure your collection will grow again. There’s so many… but right now I’m reading Carl Sagan’s novel Contact. That’s where I found the quote for my post actually. It’s science fiction, but there’s lots of great things there.

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      4. I love a good science fiction novel, although have read relatively few. I have managed to save a few books, a mixture of fiction, philosophy, classics, history, and the like. I tend to err on the side of caution though as life has taught me that you never know where you will be in a year!

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