English_Master November 16, 2015 No Comments
LIFE IS ACTION, NOT CONTEMPLATION This famous quotation from the German poet and philosopher Goethe contains a valuable idea. Life is not just a reverie, a dream. It is much more than that. It is action. Without energetic action, life would stagnate. Without great deeds life would become static and lose much of its charm. A life of thought and reflection would be quite futile if thought never transforms into practical action. This does not, however, mean that contemplation has no place in life.  Contemplation has no place in life. Contemplation induces peace of mind, tranquility and complacence. Practically all the great ideals of the world have come from thinkers and philosophers with whom contemplation was a habit. Without mature reflection and cool deliberation nothing could be done. Meditation and silent prayers are purifying agents for the soul and a sedative for the nerves. But contemplation should never be regarded as the aim of human life. If great ideas offered to the world by philosophers had not been translated into action practical men, they would have been lost.  If the teaching of thinkers like Rousseau and Voltaire had not been given a concrete shape, there would have been no revolution and no political progress in France. The march of...
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