My favorite quote about knowledge comes from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, who says to his best friend, Horatio, “There are more things in heaven and earth … than are dreamt of in our philosophy.”
I think this remains as true today as it was when Shakespeare wrote it. Sure, we’ve learned some stuff in the last four centuries–about the heavens and the earth and even (perhaps) philosophy. But our dreams are still much smaller than the sum of the whole shebang. We still see “through a glass, darkly,” still scramble to save the phenomena while the noumenal truths elude us. We still bear witness to the finite and swear it must be infinite all the time.
This blog is my attempt, in the end, to reckon with this problem–to articulate what I know (my truths) without losing sight of what transcends me (my wonders). I suspect this is the actual road to wisdom. We shall see.
I hope someday my daughters will read these pages, and so get to know me a little bit better–and maybe even learn something useful, too. Some things I write are addressed to them (“Dear Daughters”). Others are addressed to my fellow writers (I’ve been an editor and communications professional for over 20 years, so hopefully I have something helpful to say). Still others are addressed to myself.
If you find any of it interesting, I’m glad. I can’t promise that my musings and memoirs will always amuse, but I’m always happy to meet fellow learners. So stay as long as you like, and feel free to drop me a line.