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Monday, October 31, 2005


Narrative Greed

I heard somewhere, "The material world is infinite, but it is a boring infinity". I understand what prompted this statement - I took invertebrate and vertebrate classification in university. There are so many different forms of life, one could use up all one's time just in learning and remembering all the subtle differences. The course was taught by one such man, who loved his work, getting great satisfaction from mastering an enormous number of details. Yet I search for a different type of knowledge entirely.

I love learning about big ideas, sweeping theoretical paradigms that change the way I look at the world. I want to know about new ideas and ways of being. Luckily, there is an endless source of new ideas all around me.

Each person is not just a physical individual, but they are also a seperate psychological creation - by which I mean everyone sees themselves and their world in a unique way. It's fascinating to hear people's stories and find out how their views shape their actions. I love to read biographies and autobiographies, especially of gifted people, to find out how they met the daily challenges of living in a non-gifted world.

We all carry a story in us about our past and what's possible for us in the future. For those who feel stuck, changing that story can change their life. I am intrigued by the possibilities of this ancient art for healing, so I'm reading and researching and learning as much as I can. I need to learn how to use story responsibly and to maximum effect. It's a powerful tool.

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Yes! I remember when I was a kid, I thought I saw the sweep of what there was left to learn, and I was sad. If I had been more articulate, I would have echoed the quote. That was before I learned about big ideas and found out that there were whole different realms of knowledge, or different paradigms. Learning is my one sure antidote to sadness.
Greed is good!
Money and knowledge is power. And I absolutely adore your ambitious dreams to make this place a better place for all...if only there were more like you. :) And yes, we're all a BITCH to those who are afraid to be themselves.
Greed is a empty vessel that can never be filled. Allowing yourself to live life outside your head and savouring each simple moment is the only path to contentment.
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My rote memory is like writing on water, aggravating and boring, so I must rely upon conceptualization all the more.
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