“Doing is at the core of it…”

From my favorite non-Christian thinker, Seth Godin: one of Seth’s latest mini blog posts. He was a philosophy major and sometimes I see a little Aristotle dripping out of him. Fantastic. Here’s his mini post:

“Oh sure, I studied with him at Harvard”

“Actually, I read his book when it was in galleys…

I bought it when it came out in paperback…

I have it but never actually read it…

I read a few blog posts he wrote about it…

I scanned the reviews, did you see the one that really excoriated him?

I followed a link on Facebook…

I read a tweet about it.


What level of exposure counts as actually knowing?

For me, doing is at the core of it. If you’ve done something with what you’ve learned, then maybe you know it.

He nailed it. Knowing requires activity. It’s never passive.

Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas teach that we are fully happy when we our potential is fully actualized. The difference for the Christian is that grace is necessary to actualize our highest (obediential) potency.

The earth is waiting. Go out there and be salty!

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