I call myself an explorer of life, but I think you might misunderstand that phrase. I don’t want to imply that I travel to faraway places, or hike up dangerous mountains, or even participate in local adventures. Not that I mind doing some of those things. (I probably wouldn’t hike much…that’s not my thing). But in all honesty, I don’t get out and about all that much. So when I use the phrase “explorer of life”, I mean it in a much more mindful way. Here are some examples of how I explore life.
I question everything, including and especially, authority. If someone or some group tells me that up is up, I question that. Is up really up? Or is it possibly down, but this group of people have simply accepted what they’ve been told by their authorities, and those authorities merely accepted what they’d been told by their authorities, and so forth back through time. But what if the very first authority told his child that up was up, when all along he was just playing a joke on his kid! He had no idea the kid would pass along that bad info to his kids, and those would share it with their kids, and one day, the whole world would believe up was up – all because some jackass played a joke on his kid centuries ago.
I explore thoughts. My thoughts. The thoughts of people I know. The thoughts of people I read about. The thoughts and ideas that I believe are in play during any particular major event that might be going on at any given moment. Thoughts are private things, so my exploration of thoughts (mine or others’) is shaky at best. I can’t explore what I can’t know as fact. But I can explore what I think might be. Don’t worry if that sounds like a bunch of hogwash. In some ways it is, but it’s a difficult concept to explain. Just know that my concept of exploration includes the kind of exploring that only exists within my mind when it attempts to connect to the thoughts of others.
I read, study, and learn. I try to read as much as I have time for, and yes, most of that reading is now via the internet. The internet is a wondrous thing. We get to see the lives of people in every corner of the world, right here, right now, at all times, at any time. I attempt to make use of that gift to explore the way people live, act, and think in areas I never even knew existed, and in towns just miles away.
There are many other ways I explore life, and those will be evident in time, as I blog about them regularly. Join me in the exploration. It’ll be fun.