In the world of academia, philosophers, it seems to me, talk a great deal, and listening to their discussions can increase the potential to develop one’s mental capacity—or reduce it to mush.

I saw a discussion online about beauty.  The professors in the conversation put forth long strings of sentences that were hard to follow.  They made a lot of sense, but they were quite difficult to comprehend, even when I listened carefully.

When I was in grad school, theology forced my brain to think hard as well, but in a different way.  I had to stretch beyond my perceived aptitude.  Sort of like the idea of infinity in geometry — “Look there, beyond what you can see!”

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