Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

You don’t see the light

I read in a book something from writer Madeleine L’Engle saying ” light is not there unless it is seen.” But, isn’t it the opposite?

Light is always there, but you can’t see it until there is something reflecting it.

I think this metaphor is an excellent example to understand the relation between our choices and what we value. Unless our life, made of choices, becomes a reflection of what we value, we live incoherently.

The alignment between values and choices is of paramount importance to develop a learning mind. It takes the resolve to give small steps. Instead of instant gratification, thoughtful instantiation.

“All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.” (Gandalf)

It is a sentence expressing the reflection of a light we never see but is always there. Wisdom.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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