Man sitting beside a nearby tree Seeking answers or merely shade


The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day   Albert Einstein


I noticed this young man sitting beside a tree totally absorbed in his reading material. Passersby looked at him with a strange curiosity but their interest did not dissuade him from enjoying both his lunch and the information in the book he was mentally devouring. The notion that youth today are lazy and unambitious seemed to fall by the wayside. His colleagues at a nearby college doorway were busily chatting in noisy groups but this student delved deeply into his textbook.

This is a formal announcement to all those  doubters out there who publicly and wrongly announce  that youth today are lazy, unambitious, delinquent,  irresponsible and just plain untrustworthy.

It is essentially an old wives tale based on the actions of a few bad apples who have made the headlines with their ostentacious antics and bad behaviors.

The truth of the matter lies in the fact that given a reasonable chance to succeed and sincere encouragement a significant number of our young people crave the opportunity to find their place in the sun.

The young man in this photo caught my attention as well as that of a number of passersby as he sat by that tree reading his text book and quietly enjoying his lunch. He had succeeded in mentally tuning out the world around himself and zeroed in on the contents of his textbook.

This outward display of determination and grit proves to all those naysayers that their general opinions about today’s youth is pure bunkum. He is a shining example of the way in which youth today are able to focus their minds on improving themselves and contributing to society.

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Quote of the week: "If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.-- Frank Herbert quotes .

4 Comments on Man sitting beside a nearby tree Seeking answers or merely shade

  1. In spite of technology’s attempt to make us all the same, there is something within most of us that pulls us towards ourself.

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    • So very true. No matter what the marketing hype technology gurus try to foist upon us we have to be true to who we are and if that means stepping outside of the mainstream accepted activity then so be it. Thanks for your thoughts. Enjoy the day.


  2. This is so true. Not all young people are jumping around and getting distracted by technology these days. To be honest, I feel distracted all the time but I’m trying to unwind from it all by reading more, planning blog posts and story ideas on paper as opposed to looking at a computer. That is a nice shot – he looks lost in thought, though a bit pensive in my opinion. Can certainly see a determined grit on his face, though.

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    • Thank you Mabel for your thoughts. Always welcomed. I walked into a local library recently and noticed that a significant number of people had their laptops or I pods or some other electronic means of communication with them and not that many were delving into the volumes of reading material displayed on the shelves. A few had their tablets propped up on a few dust covered books but that was about it. Strange that an older technology (books) is used as a support for the ever increasing computerized revolution. Enjoy the day Mabel.

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