I have some enemies out there. People who disagree with things I have written. Well here’s an interesting tidbit: Even I don’t always agree with the things I have written. Yes, I sometimes change my mind. I sometimes write things in order to get people to think, to question what they believe they already know. I often do so for myself, to help myself develop new neural pathways and keep my mind young. Blogging is therapeutic.
An ongoing question for me is whether or not I should go back and delete the posts I have had second thoughts about. Commenters have sometimes raised good objections to what I have written. On one or two occasions, I have deleted posts that were clearly unfounded.
But there are two types of people in this world: “Lake people” and “river people”. Lake people float about, on the waters of knowledge, with no direction. They drift wherever the winds of fashion nudge them. At the end of their lives, they are better at floating – but they missed out on the journey of wisdom.
River people have purpose, and an objective, to their floating. Sometimes the river flows vigorously and all they need to do is lay back and enjoy the ride. Sometimes the river is sluggish and they must row. They must often navigate around boulders and logs. Dangerous fish and crocodiles inhabit the waters and the river people must be wary of them.
The river never ends. There is no final destination where a river person can rest and say, “I have finally reached my goal”. This is fortunate – for the satisfaction is in the journey itself, not in its conclusion.
I like to think of myself as a river person. This blog is a chronicle of my journey. It’s a chronicle of the journeys of all those who comment as well.
So, to the people who condemn me for having bumped into a log or boulder on occasion, I say: “Go ahead and enjoy your lake.”