To Continue Or Not To Continue

Daybreak in Corinth by *carlzon
Daybreak in Corinth by *carlzon

1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. A few recent thoughts made me think of it again.

“11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13

I have to admit that I was getting discouraged by the many blogs where content is a waste of the energy required to create, store and transmit it (I want to make this one of the exceptions). Fortunately, after a few months of surveying the landscape, it seems there’s a bell curve of some sort in the blogosphere as well. As I read the thoughts of people smarter than myself, I recognized my own writings as childish. Two options emerge: 1) stop writing, get off the podium, learn some more, expect that the kids will discover their own and care less about what I write, or 2) continue thinking, learning, writing, and improving. After reading The importance of stupidity in scientific research mentioned by Steve Ellison’s recent post, I feel that it’s probably important to continue this project understanding the depth of my own ignorance. How else would the second sentence in the verse above be possible?

Along similar lines, I am currently involved in a project where the progress is made in almost an identical path as in a past project which was ultimately unsuccessful. It is sometimes frustrating to have to witness people not being interested in warnings because they have not had the same experiences themselves. This is similar to a child who ignores a parent’s word and has to experience himself to learn. I find myself in the position of the parent in this case, but also in the position of the child in other cases where I’m unwilling to take the words of others for granted (here’s an example).

In closing, I need to mention that the verse below from the same chapter is very high up in my mind but also is one of the reasons for wanting to share and hear others.

“1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

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