I like very much your reflections on the “habit’ of reading Andrew, and it seems to me that you have followed Thomas Merton’s wise words perfectly. We live in a world of instant everything, of which speed reading would be an excellent example. Your high school habit of pausing and contemplating has no doubt a lot to do with your mature attitude towards ” hyper-critical readings that offer nothing more than staking out a position of authority.” And you are correct in thinking that “stable disposition” does not imply stasis, but rather an evolutionary process of change, just as you described it.