Are We Observers Only?

Observation has an important place in the development of an artistic or scientific line of endeavor. One who is interested in following such a line needs to observe what constitutes a notable work of art, a poem, a piece of literature, or a scientific invention. But if one stops at observation, he will never contribute much to the world so far as artistic and scientific production is concerned.

Only the application of what has been gathered from observation and the diligent practice of special knowledge can make an artist, an author, or an inventor, or fit one to branch out in creative activity. Many people shun the discipline of a truly productive life and are content to take the easy path of nonattainment.

Would You Be a Practitioner?
December 12, 1964

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