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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #897 - #ToDiscover

14 Oct, 2019

TO DISCOVER


"The most promising words ever written on the maps of human knowledge are terra incognito--unknown territory ."
Daniel J. Boorstin

"Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought."
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi


Columbus Day always brings up such conflicted feelings for me
about our country
and discovery
and ownership (of land, and countries, and people).
You can read all about it in past MMQs.

Today I'm thinking about the one who discovers--
the discoverer
not the discovery.

So beautiful, to discover something,
but, but ...
thinking what no one has thought to do with the thing you discovered
might be ownership, might be altering it in fundamental ways,
might be abusing it, destroying it.
Not all discoverers are good caretakers.

A discoverer is not an inventor.

In order for something to be discovered
it must already be there.

If it's already there,
someone may already know that it's there,
someone who doesn't speak your language
or doesn't speak at all,
someone who doesn't know to fight
for it,
or doesn't know how to fight,
or doesn't believe in fighting.

You found it.
Good for you.
Now what are you going to do?
You may be should be
responsible for it, for its use, its abuse,
and all the unintended consequences.


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