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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Quote of the day

I read this from the novel "The Rule of Four" by Caldwell & Thomason last night:

"I'd begun to realize that there was an unspoken prejudice among book-learned people, a secret conviction they all seemed to share, that life as we know it is an imperfect vision of reality, and that only art, like a pair of reading glasses, can correct it. The scholars and intellectuals I've met seem to hold a grudge that our lives don't follow the dramatic arc that a good author gives to a great literary character. Only in accidents of pure perfection does the world actually become a stage. And that, they seemed to think, was a shame."

Most of the time I live with the comfortable thought that God/Life only wants me to experience life. There is no great or small purpose that I'm supposed to fulfill other than I'm merely to love and be loved and to be happy.

But when I read a quote like the one above, I confess that there is a secret part of me that wishes that my life could be dramatic arc. That all of my past experiences might be the build up to something extraordinary...something that makes a mark or changes a life.

If I knew what that "something" was I would go for it whole-heartedly. But frankly, I don't have a clue. And as the quote above implies, there may not be a dramatic arc, only a long road with peaks and valleys.

I so often envy my cats. The only mark Phoebe wants to leave is her scent on our furniture.

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