I just stumbled across this quote and I liked it so much I thought I’d share it -
We are to regard the mind not as a piece of iron to be laid upon the anvil and hammered into any shape, nor as a block of marble in which we are to find the statute by removing the rubbish, nor as a receptacle into which knowledge may be poured; but as a flame that is to be fed, as an active being that must be strengthened to think and feel–to dare, to do, and to suffer.
– Mark Hopkins, Induction address as president of Williams College, 1836.
The flame metaphor really does work for me. I feel the same way about sharing ideas and insights – the things I put in this blog. When my flame adds to your flame there’s twice the energy, twice the heat and twice the light.