Friday, April 27, 2012

Bucket List of the Mind

  1. To achieve at least C1 fluency in German, Italian, and Russian.
  2. To read the entire Old Testament in Hebrew.
  3. To read the Iliad and the Odyssey in Greek.
  4. To play through the complete keyboard works of J.S. Bach.
  5. To read the complete works of Shakespeare every year.
  6. To read the complete works of Plato and Aristotle.
  7. To acquire enough competence in Sanskrit to read the Indian classics.
  8. To sing Palestrina's Pope Marcellus Mass.
  9. To read Dante's Divine Comedy in Italian.
  10. To read the complete works of Charles Dickens
  11. To listen to the complete cycle of J.S. Bach's cantatas every year.
  12. To read the Summa Theologica and Summa Contra Gentiles
  13. To observe the 110 deep sky objects of the Messier Catalog; and the 400 objects in the Herschel Catalog.
  14. To commit the Psalter to memory.
  15. To read the complete works of Virgil in Latin.
  16. To read the Qu'ran in Arabic; and Avicenna's Metaphysics of Healing.
  17. To read the complete works of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Dostoevsky.
  18. To read Kant's three Critiques.
  19. To work through Euclid's Elements
  20. To do all of this in a spirit of humility, gratitude, and wonder.

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