"Like the study of science and art, accounts of historical events can be intrinsically fascinating. But they have a wider significance. I believe that people are better able to chart their life course and make life decisions when they know how others have dealt with pressures and dilemmas---historically, contemporaneously, and in works of art. And only equipped with such understanding can we participate knowledgeably in contemporary discussions (and decisions) about the culpability of various individuals and countries in the Second World War. Only with such understanding can we ponder the responsibilty of human beings everywhere to counter current efforts at genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia to bring the perpetrators to justice."
"...we humans are the kinds of animals who learn chiefly by observing others---what they value, what they spurn, how they conduct themselves from day to day, and especially, what they do when they believe that no one is looking."
----Howard Gardner, from The Disciplined Mind, published in 1999

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Ceci n'est pas un pipe

Thanks to www.artunivers.com, one of Magritte's Treachery of Images

Dear reader, it seems that I have already resorted to the use of images rather than words, and done so in five posts or less. Truly, the only surprise is that it did not occur sooner.
It has been my habit to set the timer and to write during that proscribed time: no more, no less. The post that I began working on yesterday addresses the issue of images, words, and the someplace between the two. I've exceeded my time limit yesterday and today.
Yesterday I posted an image; today another. Both will have to speak for me until the timer is set tomorrow, dear reader. I'm glad to have your patience.


I have lots of neckties said...

Sometimes pictures (or signs, or gestures) can speak very effectively for a person. You already know this from your work with autistic children. So you should have no reservations about resorting to using pictures.

"Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself." -- Mark Twain (in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court)

neroli said...

I really enjoy this quote from Twain; he is someone whose words I encounter and think, I need to find out more about this writing, and then I forget. So thank you!