Final musings before the sh*t gets real. This eloquent quote answers the question “Why” and sums up what I could never articulate…
“The best things of mankind are as useless as Amelia Earhart’s adventure. They are the things that are undertaken not for some definite, measurable result, but because someone, not counting the costs or calculating the consequences, is moved by curiosity, the love of excellence, a point of honor, the compulsion to invent or to make or to understand. In such persons mankind overcomes the inertia which would keep it earthbound forever in its habitual ways. They have in them the free and useless energy with which alone (wo)men surpass themselves.
Such energy cannot be planned and managed and made purposeful, or weighted by the standards of utility or judged by its social consequences. It is wild and it is free. But all the heroes, the saints, the seers, the explorers and the creators partake of it. They do not know what they discover. They do not know where their impulse is taking them. They can give no account in advance of where they are going or explain completely where they have been. They have been possessed for a time with an extraordinary passion which is unintelligible in ordinary terms.
No preconceived theory fits them. No material purpose actuates them. They do the useless, brave, noble, the divinely foolish and the very wisest things that are done by (wo)man. And what they prove to themselves and to others is that (wo)man is no mere creature of her/his/they(?) habits, no mere automaton in her routine, no mere cog in the collective machine, but that in the dust of which she is made there is also fire, lighted now and then by great winds from the sky.”
By Walter Lippmann (in his tribute to Amelia Earhart)
(Photo taken by Michelle LaFountaine in front of Goodwill. Owner went in to look for dice.)