A Taste of Everything

Friday, January 30, 2009

A friend recently spoke to me about curiosity. Curiosity in what sense? In the sense of experiencing the varied things life had to offer. In the sense of enriching yourself with different sensations, different memories, different knowledge. Yes, knowledge. As John Locke says, experience is the basis of all knowledge. So why not go out there and learn as much as possible about everything? You would be wiser, and your advice would carry much more weight. The only problem with this was of course, perhaps touching something you shouldn’t, like heroin or crack cocaine. Those had a tendency to hook you, or perhaps alter your view of their danger. This values-adjustment would be bad (“Heroin isn’t -all- that bad!”) in the long run.

I thought about this for a while, and I also remembered speaking to a different friend, who never knew what being drunk meant, only what she saw being drunk did to others. It was terrible to see someone puke, of course. But it also left me wondering: does she then associate drinking with the inevitable end of projectile vomit? What about a happy drunk medium?

So, on one hand you should experience all you can of the world. Problem? Life leading a path you might not have intended for it to go, perhaps shaping your values in a way you did not want. On the other hand, you should learn from others’ mistakes. Problem? You might not necessarily learn the right lesson. Correlation is not causation. Actually, that applies to both situations.

So where do we go from here? I’m tired so I might clean this up later, but I just felt it needed to be put out here so I wouldn’t forget it.

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2 Responses to “A Taste of Everything”

  1. lor3tta said

    Well said.
    Have you read Paulo Coelho’s books?
    Just finished by the river piedra and it was quite mind altering.
    “Love stories are always the same”
    You must read!!!

  2. varalas said

    Has the story been making you introspective? From a quick scan of the Wiki entry you seem to have taken on the role of Pilar đŸ˜‰

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