when a guide comes along

‘Each society and each individual usually explores only a tiny fraction of their horizon of possibilities.’*

‘It is a cause of great joy when a guide comes along who can help us discern our way.’**

What if Nassim Taleb and Albert Einstein are half-right?  What if we were to move through our adult lives unquestioning of how we see the world, then we see some faux-horizon at best:

‘I remind myself of Einstein’s remark that common sense is nothing but a collection of misconceptions acquired by age eighteen.’^

My experience has been that it is through the lives of countless others that we see what is the real horizon.  This can be overwhelming and I’m reminded of Pamela Slim’s exhortation to find a niche an inch wide and a mile deep.^^  That’s all we need.  We don’t have to do everything but we do have to do something to allow our creativity to flow, opening the possibility of generosity, and these bringing us enjoyment.

The infinite can be very small and the finite very large.

(*From Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens.)
(**From Henri Nouwen’s Discernment.)
(^From Nassim Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness.)
(^^See Pamela Slim’s Escape from Cubicle Nation.)

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