On the other hand, some things finally come home.

I looked at this poem three times a day, every day, for two years, and I never really read it. But this morning, when I saw it gracing the bottom of the pages of the Massey newsletter, it just lept up and grabbed me.

Happiness is impossible, and even inconceivable, to a mind without scope, and without pause, a mind driven by craving, pleasure or fear. To be happy, you must be reasonable, or you must be tamed. You must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world and what things in it can really serve you. To be happy you must be wise. - George Santayana

Aha! I knew it! I just knew ignorance wasn't bliss, that happiness isn't simple. This is happiness for people who have been through something (or somethings), for people who think, for people who try. Maybe that's why I didn't really get it in grad school - I hadn't learned enough yet. And, looking back, my experiences at Massey are the ones that taught me the most about myself and my place in the world. As a friend and former don wrote in the current newsletter, "What a gift to take with us."

I rambled about other stuff too. Wanna see?

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projects, friends, etc.

  • I love Bollywood so much that I made a separate blog for it.
  • remember when I went to Australia?
  • when you take grad school too much to heart re: literature
  • when you take grad school too much to heart re: travels
  • The Trophy Wife
  • rock and roll lifestyle
  • Why God Why
  • Technically not a friend, as not a human, but still a place I love very much, so it counts: Massey College
  • credits

  • Blog design is based largely on Not That Ugly with some ideas from Firdamatic with some additional tweaking
  • Flickr rocks! Really.
  • Hurrah for Blogger
  • And for folks trying to library-ize blogs: Blogwise and Blogarama
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