In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All or Nothing?.”
This is an easy prompt for me. I prefer to be wanting everything rather than nothing.
Wanting everything is often meant critically…when I say I want to study everything, grouchy stern people say “that isn’t possible. You can’t study everything.” Well, that’s true of course, but I like to think of it as an infinite list of topics, ranging from all kinds of art work to zillions of obscure tid-bits of information.
At age 50 I decided to go to college. I had not done so earlier in life, as I either didn’t think of it–or lacked funding.
The reaction I got from many people, when I told them that I had gone back to school, was– “why?”
No reason–except that knowledge is its own reward. It isn’t necessary to actually do anything with that education, except to invest the thoughts and ideas of the ages in a deeper understanding of life. There is always a cause and effect, and a logical, if hidden, reason for everything.
The rewards of wanting everything are such that one learns that aspiring to a goal is fuel for the soul, the reach that tries to grasp meaning and satisfaction.
On the other hand, wanting Nothing is not only unfulfilling, but also stultifying. The person who does not have a goal–no matter how unlikely that goal may be–has nothing to reach for or strive toward. There are levels involved in the concept of Everything, and although total achievement of everything to be had in life is unlikely–wanting Nothing is a self-fulfilled void.
All or Nothing… which is the quest?
4 responses to “All or Nothing… which is the quest?”
Congrats on going back to school! Like you, I want to know about everything and am working hard to instill that love for learning in my children. They used to ask me, “How did you know THAT?” and my response was almost always, “I read it.” Now, they’re finally reading and lately have been excitedly sharing tidbits they learned. It’s great, because I get information about things I don’t normally research (for instance, my son is really into military drone craft right now…). Your piece here was great–thanks for being an inspiration and example of life-long learning!
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