Dennis Maust | Expositions
Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
-- Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
You may be wondering why I titled this section "expositions" instead of "ideas." After all, I use Admiral Rickover's two other objects -- "people" and "events" -- as additional banner links. At least two reasons come to mind. Here follows one of them.
I firmly believe that no original thought, no unique idea, no epiphany, no words of wisdom can be attributed to my ruminations, conversations, and essays to date. This belief may never change, although one of Pascal's insights provides measured hope. So, while discussing "ideas" is generally preferable, "ideas" -- at least mine, but probably most -- are hardly ever original. They are expositions. They merely "expose" the thoughts and ideas of others. Maybe, as Plato's Meno suggests, we already know all the answers; life merely offers an opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with them.
The fountains link here and in the sidebar offers sources to more teachers whose thoughts have influenced and inspired my reflections and personal essays. Please offer your own thoughts if you, too, get inspired. Thanks in advance.
"Our ideas" are only partly our ideas. Most of our ideas are abbreviations or residues of the thought of other people, of our teachers (in the broadest sense of the term) and of our teachers' teachers; they are abbreviations and residues of the thought of the past.
-- Leo Strauss: "Political Philosophy and History"