Sometimes is an understatement.
Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you. ~Carl Jung
MOYERS: Do you think we can educate ourselves, that any one of us, at any time, can be educated in any subject that strikes our fancy?
ASIMOV: The key words here are “that strikes our fancy.” There are some things that simply don’t strike my fancy, and I doubt that I can force myself to be educated in them. On the other hand, when there’s a subject I’m ferociously interested in, then it is easy for me to learn about it. I take it in gladly and cheerfully…
[What’s exciting is] the actual process of broadening yourself, of knowing there’s now a little extra facet of the universe you know about and can think about and can understand. It seems to me that when it’s time to die, there would be a certain pleasure in thinking that you had utilized your life well, learned as much as you could, gathered in as much as possible of the universe, and enjoyed it. There’s only this one universe and only this one lifetime to try to grasp it. And while it is inconceivable that anyone can grasp more than a tiny portion of it, at least you can do that much. What a tragedy just to pass through and get nothing out of it.
Isaac Asimov discusses the thrill of lifelong learning in a spectacular conversation with Bill Moyers (via explore-blog)
Pick your poison. Change your mind. Start all over again. When you look at yourself in the mirror…with all of your flaws, accomplishments, and beliefs…what do you think your purpose might be? Something beyond yourself. Something that you do without expecting anything in return? What is it that you bring to the table through your very unique and specific perspective on life?