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October 09, 2012


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Wandering vs. Wondering. This post was so profound and I couldn't help but relate the concept to my own life. I am an African American woman and everyday I hear stories of proverty and despair. Those who are suffering financially are stuck in "Wander". Scrambling to get by, living life one day at a time. Yet those who are pursuing their dreams and accomplishing successful lives are dwelling in "Wonder", having the mental freedom to explore their creativity to the highest heights.

How do you teach a person to "Wonder" instead of "Wander"?

Kent Thune


I appreciate your comment and your perspective. In a sense, wandering can be considered aimless. However it can also lead to discovery.

In the aimless sense of wandering, people can get caught up in mindless activity or they are consumed with routines. This leaves them little or no time for "wondering."

In the sense that wandering can lead to discovery, I mean that people can find new opportunities by venturing off the main road and taking some risk. This is a mindful type of wandering.

What is potentially self-destructive is the lack of any wandering or wondering whatsoever. People get "stuck" in mindless routine. They think they are going somewhere but they are really turning circles in a regressive cycle leading to nothing.

This is all a bit abstract and profound. I am working on a book where I will expand on these ideas further.

Thanks again for your comment...


Mike McGinley


Thanks. I love the quote from Ram Dass. I have never seen it before. Look forward to your book.


I canĀ“t share your pessimistic view. Tha man is wondering more now than ever. Science is wondering. And we are developing incredible science right now.

In fact, science is always wondering the questions who I am and Where i come from.

I dont understand your view, sorry.

Kent Thune

@ Mike: You are welcome. The Ram Dass quote is among my favorites and I look forward to finishing the book as well!

@ ContraInvest: I enjoy various perspectives. To clarify, my view is not pessimistic, although I can see how you may receive it that way.

I like to write reflective, introspective and observational material. In different words, I write to "sort things out" in my mind.

With that said, I completely agree that "science is wondering" and that were are, as you say, "developing incredible science right now." However, one may also argue that science does not receive the attention it should. For example, more people know about "Honey Boo Boo" than those who know about the Mars rover.

I have no doubt that science and "wondering" will continue and prosper, even as mindless activity continues at an equal pace.

What motivates me to make observations such as this is that I still doubt that the vast majority of human beings are able to move beyond their daily routines or look beyond their hand-held devices for long enough to really get to know themselves and the world we live in unless someone or something helps them awaken, so to speak.

Thanks for your comment, assuming you are still "tuned in" to this blog.




Im tuned

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Hi Kent, i totally agree with you, philosophy ends when we stop wondering.

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