“Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
A very bright physisist once bragged, “I don’t shade my eyes; I plagarize.” Then, the Irish-Brit, John Desmond Bernal (1901-1971), a pioneer of molecular biology, coined his humorously infamous indictment of human-jealousy, now known as “Bernal’s Ladder”, which pricelessly proclaimed that all new ideas in physics were met with these reactions: (1) It’s not true. (2) Well, it may be true, but it’s not important. (3) Possibly, it is important, but it’s not original. (4) Finally, it may be original, but it’s what I always thought.” I, au contraire, leap to plagarize all good ideas and data, but I am equally anxious to give attribution to my sources — following the admonition of a much-admired English Lit professor: “Borrow what you like, but always give attribution.” I take credit for no original thought, but, after prodigious study, I consider myself capable of recognizing wisdom when I encounter it. Sagacious thoughts, like precious stones, are rare and difficult to locate, making them the rewards of assiduous prospecting. Herein, I pass distillations of my findings and observations, which, hopefully, will interest the reader and spark commentary (at some future date when time allows me to add a blog feature to this site).
CAVEAT to Readers: All of my observations (a/k/a essays) are simply reflections on lessons that life has taught me, which I here pass along to my loved ones and others who choose to read them, in the hopes of helping someone. I make no claim to prescience, wisdom or mastery of any of these life-lesssons. They simply reflect observations of what I perceive to be truths and goals to which I aspire. Now, let us leap into the breach of Observations.
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