Divination – Another Word For Learning

The always great “Marginalian”(The Marginalian) has an article called: “The Art of Divination: D.H. Lawrence on the Power of Pure Attention” (https://bit.ly/3H8LMZJ). It makes a number of great points:

“Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer,” Simone Weil

“If you live by the cosmos, you look in the cosmos for your clue. If you live by a personal god, you pray to him. If you are rational, you think things over. But it all amounts to the same thing in the end. Prayer, or thought or studying the stars, or watching the flight of birds, or studying the entrails of the sacrifice, it is all the same process, ultimately: of divination. All it depends on is the amount of true, sincere, religious concentration you can bring to bear on your object. An act of pure attention, if you are capable of it, will bring its own answer. And you choose that object to concentrate upon which will best focus your consciousness. Every real discovery made, every serious and significant decision ever reached, was reached and made by divination. The soul stirs, and makes an act of pure attention, and that is a discovery. – D.H. Lawrence

Now re-read these quotes but replace the words attention and divination with learning.

Learning, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. Prayer, or thought, or studying the stars, or watching the flight of birds, or examining the entrails of a sacrifice, are all the same process. They are all, ultimately, learning.

Divination, like so many other words, is another word for learning.


This was originally posted on my Facebook Page on December 4th, 2022

Thank you, Theo, for prompting me to add it here.

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