11 maart 2021

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A Poison Tree


I was angry with my friend; 
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe: 
I told it not, my wrath did grow. 
And I waterd it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears: 
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles. 
And it grew both day and night. 
Till it bore an apple bright. 
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine. 
And into my garden stole, 
When the night had veild the pole; 
In the morning glad I see; 
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Rattlesnake of the Mind" is a metaphor inspired by the Zen term, "Monkey Mind", which refers to the mind's tendency to invent an unending sequence of creative stories about everything we see and hear.

Life does not consist mainly,

or even largely, of facts or happenings.

It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts

that is forever flowing through one's head.

Mark Twain

Dirk de Wachter in zijn boek/pamflet: De kunst van het ongelukkig zijn, 2019

Hoe waar zijn die laatste zinnen geworden!


"Everyone knows what attention is. It is the taking possession by the mind in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others." William James in zijn Principles of Psychology, 1890.


Goed leren en onthouden zijn afhankelijk van de efficiëntie waarmee nieuwe informatie de sluis van ons werkgeheugen kan passeren.

Jelle Jolles in zijn Leer je kind kennen2020