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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Merlin or Moses?

I was talking to Cheri the other day about how much I crave, hoard and need INFORMATION. I have a very strong investigational nature. I love learning stuff. I am constantly Googling people, looking up things, being nosy. I found both sides of my entire biological family with my relentless researching. Even the ones who were not named on any official document and may not have wanted to be found (but were wonderful when they were.)

Cheri being the (Merlin or Moses) distiller of wisdom that she is, said, "It's no wonder you crave information. Do you suppose that is because you had your CORE information taken away at birth?" I had never thought of it that way and it certainly explains a lot. I probably am who I am a lot because of that.

On that note, here is one of my favorite quotes/excerpts from: - The Once and Future King, by T.H. White

Merlin, an unusual teacher, tries to help young Wart/Arthur cope with frustration and sadness, one of Merlyn's responsibilities for raising the boy who is destined to become the future King of England.

"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then - to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn."

I ask you dear readers, who or what made you who you are today?


Jamie said...

Oooh, that's some deep stuff.

Well, you of course Mom. :)

... and Starbucks, and Mr. Wilkerson my 6th grade teacher who *did* like me, and Mrs. Hazely my 3rd grade teacher who did *not* like me, and Dad, and a couple of men, and Oprah.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Well I blogged today about the fact that (apparently) my alcoholic parents made me controlling.

Cheri said...

Merlin or Moses? Puh-lease.

I will answer the question in a blog list. I can only think in numerically sequenced thoughts now . . .

P.S. Thanks for the good phone you gave me tonight.

CC said...

"It's no wonder you crave information. Do you suppose that is because you had your CORE information taken away at birth?"

What an interesting thought. I wonder if my children will also be like this when they are grown. Very deep thinking.