A LetsRun thread about books that have touched your life provoked this post
The Feminine Mystique, published about the time my sexual life was shifting from back seat fumbling and stolen moments when parents were out to a more mature movie dinner and a sleepover in my own bed, helped change the social landscape of the time and my life in extension.
Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land touched me in many ways. The concept “Waiting Is” brought clarity to the idea that reactions and actions evolve from different places in the mind and must serve different purposes.
A Jubal Harshaw quote touched and shaped the way I viewed things throughout my life.
“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is…and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be…and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, wineturtle. Growing old doesn’t matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.”
Two other thoughts from Heinlein’s writings :
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea
Never try to out stubborn a cat
In juxtaposition they have taught an invaluable lesson. I grok the idea that the process is a learn, f-up, relearn one and fortunately the lovely creatures that are not cats have an uncanny ability to forgive the forgivable f-ups.
Let us broaden the scope to things learned, no matter wherefrom, that have become lessons in or for life.
Grandma wineturtle once said “Don’t sleep with anyone who is crazier than you are”
a lesson never learned by this child…