Reflection 12/1

In class we discussed Similizing the Brain to a Garden. We posed the question does Cavendish’s mindset in this piece align with you or not? For me, I would say in a perfectly poetic world it does in fact align, but that is not a world in which I live. The metaphors scattered throughout the piece refer to thoughts as flowers, bees, butterflies, birds.

There birds of poetry sweet notes still sing,                         
Which through the world, as through the air, do ring,
And on the branches of delight they sit,
Pruning their wings, which are with study wet,
Then to the cedars of high honor fly,
Yet rest not there, but mount up to the sky.

Cavendish, Similizing the Brain to a Garden 25-30

The piece progresses from seeing thoughts as small (bees), prior to taking action but then at the end, these thoughts become greater on their level of being. When they become a bird, they take action and reach freedom. We discussed the beauty of this idea. On the other hand, we touched on a very important idea that not every thought needs to be moved into action. Cavendish romanticizes thought as a beautiful bird, without accounting for the fact that some thoughts can be intrusive or fleeting. Some thoughts are best left unspoken or without action. Our thoughts can feel chaotic. Even conscious thoughts can have an unconscious level to them, appearing unannounced. I would say Cavendish’s idea works for me when I have thoughts that are goals. Whether they career, school, hobby, or attitude oriented, it doesn’t matter. When they are based in who I want to be, or what I want to practice. However, I can recognize that I have fleeting thoughts that don’t require action more often than not.

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