Extended QotD: Connect and Understand!

In its entirety;

Reading Tip #1

It’s tempting to judge what you read:

I agree with these statements, and I disagree with those.

However, a great thinker who has spent decades on an unusual line of thought cannot induce their context into your head in a few pages. It’s almost certainly the case that you don’t fully understand their statements.

Instead, you can say:

I have now learned that there exists a worldview in which all of these statements are consistent.

And if it feels worthwhile, you can make a genuine effort to understand that entire worldview. You don’t have to adopt it. Just make it available to yourself, so you can make connections to it when it’s needed.

My apologies for such thievery, but this is quite excellent (common sense, yes, but that seems rare enough!). Your job as a reader is to try to understand   — once you’ve decided that the author is honest and trustworthy.

From here: http://worrydream.com/Links2013/

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