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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Many Paths

            So I’ve been thinking about writing, teaching, life, the universe, and everything. It’s some heady stuff, to be sure. And what strikes me is that there are many paths. And I like that. I want there to be many paths. I want there to be not just the road not taken, but also the road yet to be made, the exploration waiting to happen. I think it’s on these avenues where the best of humanity can come out. The urge to explore, to see what’s out there, is when we stretch ourselves to the fullest.
            I know Gene Roddenberry saw it that way by creating Star Trek, and I agree wholeheartedly. I want there to be more exploration, not just of outer space (but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t give everything I had for warp drive), but of humanity, of history, of science, of just plain curiosity to learn something new every day.
            I remember watching Neil DeGrasse Tyson in a video talk about the meaning of life to a child who asked the question, and his answer was perfect: to learn something new every day. I try to do that, mostly to satiate my insatiable curiosity.
            But there are many ways to learn, to explore. I love delving into stories, both reading others and writing my own to explore all the facets of humanity. And I learn from them. And I want to continue doing this. It’s how I think humanity learns best. We are creatures of story, and story encompasses so very many paths, we never know where we’ll end up. But I’m eager to find out.