I've been contemplating how and when to begin a new category of blog posts where I will spotlight words of inspiration and philosophical quotes that go beyond the common-quoted words of ancient philosophers, classic authors and modern authors, such as Aristotle, Shakespeare and Eckhardt Tolle, respectively.
Now is the time for Uncommon Wisdom. In this new category of posts, I will share some of the greatest thoughts (accompanied by very few of my own) that I have found to be useful and applicable to life as we know it (or how we may potentially view it) from lesser known authors or lesser known words from well-known authors.
Given the gravity of uncertainty and the need for a foundation of strength at this time, I will post one entry to Uncommon Wisdom every day this week...
Without further ado, here is the first of Uncommon Wisdomfrom one of my favorite philosophers, Blaise Pascal (1623-1662):
Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him: a vapour, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows none of this.
Thus all our dignity consists in thought. It is on thought that we must depend for our recovery, not on space and time, which we could never fill. Let us then strive to think well; that is the basic principle of morality.
To "think well" truly is the life preserver that only we can provide ourselves. Do you agree? What have you thought (or not thought) during the past several days that has given you comfort or guidance?
Perhaps it is our thought that makes us a reed, and only to "think well" allows us to bend in the force of even the most powerful of winds...