"Thinking is nothing more than combining and rearranging what is in our memory. The more memories we have, the more raw material we possess to support our thoughts".
Because I was reading this book with my mommy glasses on, my thoughts circled around how this applies to raising children; it helped me to understand why I instinctively want to provide Giovanna with a rich repertoire of experiences as she grows up. I have always wanted to expose her to the richer parts of childhood - museums, music, physical movement and art - but it reminds me to value her exposure to all parts of life, because I want her to be able to form intelligent thoughts about this world and her role in it. While protecting her from things that are harmful, I would love for this growing girl to experience enough that her thinking surpasses idealistic theories and goes straight for things as they were, are and really will be.