Brain Food #520

The most dangerous act

Thoughts of the day

A short Brain Food for today, as another weekend approaches, perhaps with little planned, and not much to look forward to.

Mary Ann Evans, better known by her male pen name, George Eliot, wrote:

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”

There is a paradox here: if adventures are meant to be risky, then how can having nothing to do contain any form of excitement?

Though Eliot’s life was adventurous, particularly within the romantic sphere, her inspiration often came from her surroundings and belongings: paintings, what she read, and long walks through nature.

The absence of any external stimuli will inevitably force one to look inwards - at least when all distractions disappear. Perhaps that is the most truly dangerous act. But for the adventure to begin, if Eliot’s methods were right, all we need to do is take a look at what is around us.

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