Randy you are one of the kindest and most generous people I’ve ever met. Believe me, I’m too selfish to stick around if I didn’t think it was a two way street.
No pressure. I tend to over-share so I have to hold myself back sometimes. Thank you for giving me the green light!
Kurt Vonnegut’s poem from Cat’s Cradle kind of fits for me with my reluctance to sign on to any particular religious doctrine even though I can usually find points of agreement with most of them.
“Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder ‘why, why, why?’
Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, [Cat’s Cradle]
I suppose the favorite quote also goes to my reluctance to align with a particular tradition.
“Talk nonsense, but talk your own nonsense, and I’ll kiss you for it. To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.”
Here is the wider passage that quote comes from if that appeals at all:
“What do you think?" shouted Razumihin, louder than ever, “you think I am attacking them for talking nonsense? Not a bit! I like them to talk nonsense. That’s man’s one privilege over all creation. Through error you come to the truth! I am a man because I err! You never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen. And a fine thing, too, in its way; but we can’t even make mistakes on our own account! Talk nonsense, but talk your own nonsense, and I’ll kiss you for it. To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s. In the first case you are a man, in the second you’re no better than a bird. Truth won’t escape you, but life can be cramped. There have been examples. And what are we doing now? In science, development, thought, invention, ideals, aims, liberalism, judgment, experience and everything, everything, everything, we are still in the preparatory class at school. We prefer to live on other people’s ideas, it’s what we are used to! Am I right, am I right?” cried Razumihin, pressing and shaking the two ladies’ hands.”
― Fyodor Dostoevsky, [Crime and Punishment