I initially wanted to call this blog “Drink Deep,” which is a phrase from a favorite poem by Alexander Pope. It starts…
|A little learning is a dangerous thing ;|
|Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :|
|There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,|
|And drinking largely sobers us again.|
Isn’t that lovely? Yes, well, the title was taken by some lucky soul who has chosen to let it wallow in neglect. But I was glad to find Darwin’s term Divergence of Character. We hear a lot about Natural Selection and Survival of the Fittest, but little about Divergence of Character. Isn’t that the interesting part? It the differences that make this universe interesting and dizzying, complex and confounding.That we are made of “star stuff” and yet so unlike a star is both glorious and maddening.
For me, personally, the term takes on another meaning. Coming from a conservative Christian background, where truth is prescribed and fanciful, finding science makes me feel like Sir Launcelot in Yankee Connecticut. The world is oh-so-different, and oh-so-much-more-interesting than I ever could have realized with my head stuck in a dusty bible. My character has diverged, is diverging, and I want it to be as fit as can be.