Some of the more interesting and oddly familiar insights of Heraclitus (as translated by the author)
- The cosmos speaks in patterns.
- Expect the unexpected, or you won't find it.
- You can't step in the same river twice.
- The most beautiful order is a heap of sweepings piled up at random.
- Those who approach life like a child playing a game, moving and pushing pieces, possess the power of kings.
- The way up and the way down are one and the same.
- The sun is new each day.
Inventor Thomas Edison had a simple test he used to measure the "unexpectedness quotient" of prospective employees. He would invite a candidate to lunch and serve a bowl of soup. He would then watch to see whether the person salted his soup before tasting it. If he did, he wouldn't be offered the job. Edison felt that people are more open to different possibilities if they don't salt their experience of life before tasting it.
I must remember this when I start homeschooling Sierra this September. I know Chase was a bit "salted" from my experience homeschooling Marina. Different kids need different seasonings.