Carl Sagan on the Muscular Brain and the Joy of Learning
Material satisfaction only goes so far. Vacations, shiny new things, carnal pleasures – these are wonderful in the right dosage. But if they are the entirety of life, they quickly become hollow and thin.
On the other hand, “Understanding is joyous.”
When we workout our brains and bodies to expand our capabilities, it feels good.
Not only do we get a rush of brain chemicals worth thousands on the street, but we also get the emotional reward of striving and accomplishing.
One of the main goals of a musical practice is constant challenge.
While we do set our sights on some horizon, it’s the daily journey that provides the real reward. It’s the struggle, the toil, the wrestling with something slippery that let’s us shut the guitar case knowing we’ve fought the good fight.
One of the great gifts of learning classical guitar is that it’s never done. We have infinite exploration, puzzles and joyous understandings ahead.
“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”