What Can You Learn That Will Profit You? #1 – A Librarian More Than A Library

The Great Gatsby Green Cloth

This post series is for people seeking wisdom.

Atop this post is the original publisher’s green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, pictorial dust jacket by F. Cugat for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”

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A Librarian More Than A Library

The goal is not so much to become a rare source of uncommon knowledge.  The goal is to become an intelligent channeler, a person who can find ideas and energies from sources outside the person’s body or mind, filter and re-synthesize the information, and redirect those ideas and energies to others.  With our limited resources and abilities, it’s better to be able to find the answers rather than to store all the answers.  It’s better to know how to find what you need in a library rather than to attempt to remember everything in the library.

There are people who seek to collect rare resources so they can exclude and control them.

There are other people who seek to collect rare resources so they can share them more effectively and broadly.

Every individual gets to choose what kind of collector they will be.

Sometimes a better question is not:  What resources can I gather and control?

Once you realize you will likely have the resources you want, a better question to answer might be:  What things do I wish to create from rare chemistries?

It is fitting I fell in love with a woman who worked in a library and still works in a library.

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“There’s good and bad involved in everything.”
    ~ Nikki Reed commenting at the movie premiere event for “Breaking Dawn,” about being an actress in the Twilight film series.

One of the Bible’s first stories ironically suggests mankind “fell” when it sought fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  The “pursuit of knowledge of what is good and what is evil” was mankind’s downfall.  One of the Bible’s frequently repeated short-sighted themes, particularly in the Old Testament, is a juvenile understanding of “good vs. evil,” where “God” often chose favorites, giving unreasonable and undeserved favorable treatment to his chosen few, and unconscionably cruel treatment to anyone who did not agree with his side of things.  The themes of many Bible stories set up a violently intolerant standards and repercussions that understandably led many of the Bible’s followers to violently intolerant actions against people who did not agree with them.

One of the later formative cognitive development stages is a realization that all of the “good sides” to which you perceived you were a member, were often not remarkably better than “the other side.”   Rather, there were comparative amounts of good and bad on both sides.

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“Hurt people hurt people.”
   ~ “Florence” from the 2010 film “Greenberg.”

While that is sometimes true, it is equally important to recognize unhurt people also hurt people.  We all hurt others, often unavoidably.  Because hurt often arises when we prevent others from achieving a desired connection, hurting others is often unavoidable.

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The next post in this series:  What Can You Learn That Will Profit You? #2 – How Are You Doing?

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