John Fothergill, Quaker Scientist
The capacity to sit still, to wait patiently, to pay attention, to recollect oneself, are spiritual as well as practical skills in learning and in daily life. To sit still and pay attention are skills for the scientist, the social worker, teacher, therapist, and healer. By learning to listen and see accurately, we can also learn to wait for the evidence to take coherent shape before we act. We can learn to value accuracy, intellectual independence, truth-telling and personal integrity.