He talked at length about receiving impressions from the world around us, impacts upon our senses, then our minds selectively filtering them, yielding useful information. She was skeptical. Maybe some objects dictate to us, never let us go.
R.W. Emerson (via mycolorbook)
You know, I’m trying to write my dissertation right now and I somehow can’t quite convince myself of this. There’s something else, not just “things” and their “nobility/fineness/goodness” and “action/completion.”
The reward depends on believing it worthwhile, believing yourself accomplished, believing others can derive some benefit now or later. “Well” is the key word in Emerson’s quote. Ironically, my work concerns nobility in ancient thought, and I’ve become too damn good at seeing where we hide our personal standards in the name of objectivity.