Lecture

https://www.etymonline.com/word/lecture

 

The above website give the entymology of the word Lecture as a Noun and Verb. Basically, to teach, but also to gather, collect, pick out, which I find interesting. We usually think of a lecture these days as a scolding. “Don’t lecture me” and it has become somewhat like that. But in a learning setting, a university or highschool, it is about sharing knowledge. I think we don’t listen anymore to lectures with the ears of wanting to understand. I think we think the one talking is like Polonius from Hamlet, always talking but never heard. (and made fun of to boot). Panglos is also a figure in literature who lectures, but is made fun of, well, in a way. BUT, Polonius does give good advise, he is imparting good knowledge.

Hamlet l, 3 2nd part of Polonius’ speech to his children

Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; 
Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment. 
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, 
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy; 
For the apparel oft proclaims the man, 
And they in France of the best rank and station 
Are most select and generous, chief in that. 
Neither a borrower nor a lender be; 
For loan oft loses both itself and friend, 
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. 
This above all- to thine own self be true, 
And it must follow, as the night the day, 
Thou canst not then be false to any man. 
Farewell. My blessing season this in thee!

 

But in the entymology of the word Lecture, to gather. Isn’t that what learning should be, the act of gathering what we want, or need to know? But how will we know what we need to know before we know it. We can’t, but those older than us can help us be prepaired, even though we can never be totally prepaired for what life brings to us.

So listen more, lecture less, be true to who you are, allow others the same, and maybe we all can have a good life? Can it happen, I think so.

This above all- to thine own self be true, 
And it must follow, as the night the day, 
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Moira Levant / COCOA2.com © Feb. 13 2018

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