If you’re merely following [shortcuts], you probably won’t get anywhere interesting. It’s the detours that pay off.*
There’ve have been a lot of roadworks on routes I’ve been travelling recently, but no matter how much I wanted to ignore the detour and continue on my anticipated road, the detours turned out to be the most straightforward way for keeping moving.
Somehow these words from Eugene Peterson are connecting here:
As the scholastics used to say: ‘Homo non proprie humanus sed superhumanus est – which means that to be properly human, you must go beyond the merely human.**