The Ability to Think

I write these posts on an iPad with the latest Apple keyboard. It’s much like a small computer.

The WordPress app offers a string of words suggested by past usage to help get a writer started.

There was a spot on the bottom of the screen. I tried to clean it. I wrote a sentence (noun, verb, modifier). Weird.

Why do we teach people to write?

I’m not sure about that answer these days. There have been some strange philosophies such as just let the child write whatever comes to mind. It’s more important to fill a page with words than to think.

Sounds like someone who had to write too many 600-word essays in school.

What amazes me is reading prose from 3,000 years ago–or maybe even further back in time.

It is so logical and well-thought-out. Scholars can decipher several rhetorical devices (consult Dr. Google if you don’t know what those are) that help bring forward the argument.

I was just re-reading the Gospel of Matthew for the first time. Yes, I have read it many times, but I approach each time as if it were the first time and try to decipher new insights.

Matthew takes what today we call four chapters to painstakingly lay out a story and an argument that places Jesus firmly in the tradition of a Wisdom King. We don’t recognize kings, let alone think them wise. But back in the day, this would be immediately understood by all the readers/listeners. Especially the non-Greek ones.

This is 2,0000-year-old prose that is beautiful in logic, consistency, story telling.

Matthew wasn’t filling a page with writing. He had actually thought it out. And we can see it, even today.

This is a good example for us to follow whether we write essays, letters, or emails.

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