Thursday, January 21, 2010

Age and Ideas



I love this quote by Pearl S. Buck, but would substitute the word 'resistance' for her word 'pain'.  Personally I get very excited by new ideas, but that does not mean I will always accept them.  However, I will certainly consider them, while I know people for whom a new idea seems to be a total assault on their tightly-held world view.  We all have beloved beliefs that we resist reconsidering.  But isn't it a breath of fresh air to encounter a new way of looking at things?  Isn't that what each new generation is for?




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13 comments:

  1. I'm still excited by new ideas, so I must be younger than my chronological age. In fact I must be down right juvenile at times.

    Sigh.

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  2. HI BONNIE-

    Great quote - when I read it I said, out loud, "Ahhhhhhhh" like one does when a "light goes on" in one's mind!!

    I am old then because as much as I enjoy new I am so content in the old. Balance ,balance, balance.

    Love Gail
    peace.....

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  3. Isn't it wonderful! I hope I never stop accepting new ideas or at least being open to new ideas.

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  4. nice. i instantly got a chuckle...maybe at my own ignorance.

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  5. I'm generally open to new ideas, love turning things over in my mind. That doesn't mean that all new ideas have merit, however.

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  6. So well said... it seems that I grew up largely with the views I'd heard expressed by my parents repeatedly. Then I left home and started having some of those views challenged and it took me some time to reconsider my somewhat narrow view. After attending a liberal arts college, I am now pretty open to new ideas and other points of view... I hope its something I continue as I raise my own children :)

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  7. Very good point. I'm finding that I'm learning a great deal from the younger generation these days. They seem more tolerant, for one thing.

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  8. That came to me as a nice little nudge - not to let myself get too calcified. I can relate to what you said about being interested in new ideas, although not always to the point of adopting them. As long as we're open, though....
    I really enjoy gems like this that come through you, Bonnie.

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  9. New Ideas = Change! Love them, but I do not do change well!

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  10. The word resistance rather than pain is so much more appropriate for this sentiment, so I must agree.
    Gorgeous art here.

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  11. Bonnie, I love to see how you choice of poetry will challenge and enrich my life. What amazing words and artwork!

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  12. The older I get the more I seem able to tolerate new ideas. there must be something wrong with me.

    Within reason, of course.

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  13. I am always OPEN to new ideas, but I like that quote.

    It looks as if you used rice paper? in that artwork and I love the texture and the colours.
    I love the look of veins running through...

    Calli

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