the road to knowledge

“We seem to have a pathological impatience that makes us want to have the knowledge but not do the work of claiming it. The true material of knowledge is meaning. And the meaningful is the opposite of the trivial. And the only thing we glean from skimming and skipping forward is trivia, and the only way to get knowledge is contemplation. And the road to that is time.

There is no shortcut.”

Maria Popova (OnBeing)

This week I’m thinking about contemplation: Asking questions instead of jumping to the easiest conclusions. Listening instead of filling in the gap. Letting the unknown linger rather than searching for solid ground.