Choose Your Own Adventure

Our education system increases our knowledge of classic literature, while simultaneously damaging our understanding of its value.

“Change is the only constant in life.”

So said Heraclitus of Ephesos, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher and wearer of bedsheets who existed around 500 BC. Now I may not be an antediluvian peddler of pedantic philosophy, but I do think Heraclitus was on to something, besides the wine (if you catch my drift). If you think about it, nothing in life is static, including life itself. We’re all aging (some better than others I’m distressed to report), things grow and die. Even the mountains and continents are restless and shifting, albeit slowly. Change truly is a fundamental part of our universe.

As you may or may be aware, this site is new. It is also a work in progress. Like me, it’s a restless entity, constantly experimenting with new ideas and formats.

If you’ve visited my personal site – and I am in no way suggesting that you should – you will know that from time to time I chose to infest the otherwise pristine world-wide-inter-web-net with essays and other literary effluvia.

You’ll be delighted, and possibly slightly alarmed, to learn that I will be doing the same on this site, but with some changes to the format.

“Changes to the format!” I hear you shout at your monitor with a odd mix of horror, elation and italicized emphasis. “What kind of changes?”

Steady on dear reader, I assure you there is no cause for alarm. By the way, you really shouldn’t shout at your monitor. People will stare. Anyway, the essays featured here will simply be shorter, about 300-350 words long. A nice little intellectual snack for my readers while taking breaks between cat videos.

Change is quite natural and necessary for everyone, not just creatives. As a scribbler of belles-lettres it’s important that I continually explore new subjects and styles. Only in that way can I improve my skills, both in writing but also thinking, and attempt to better understand the world in which we live.

The forces of evolution that act on each if us may be unavoidable, but they’re not immutable. We can, through our thoughts, words and actions, “choose our own adventure,” guiding the ever-present forces of change toward specific outcomes. And sometimes, it can be enlightening to relax and simply trust the process. At best, change will bring improvement and evolution. At worst, it offers a learning experience.

Either way, it’ll be an adventure.

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