No matter how risible, esoteric and seditious it might seem…

From Rob Firchau @ The Hammock Papers – lately, a very frequent stop for me… 

“I realized, in this moment of revelation, that what these two men were revealing was the secret of their extraordinary success, each in his own right. And it lay precisely in that insatiable curiosity, that irrepressible desire to know, no matter what the subject, no matter what the cost, even at a time when the keepers of the Doomsday Clock are willing to bet even money that the human race won’t be around to imagine anything in the year 2100, a scant 93 years from now. “Live each day as if it is your last,” said Mahatma Gandhi. “Learn as if you’ll live forever.” This is what I’m passionate about. It is precisely this. It is this inextinguishable, undaunted appetite for learning and experience, no matter how risible, no matter how esoteric, no matter how seditious it might seem.”

– Ben Dunlap on TED: A Story of a Passionate Life

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  1. I am running late tonight. This was just what I needed to read before bed.Thanks David.


  2. THAT was fantastic!! What a magnificent storyteller Dr. Dunlap is!! Thanks for sharing!!


  3. Thanks for sharing..need this today – will reblog


  4. Reblogged this on Jenny's Serendipity and commented:
    So true…Live your life as if this is your last..Learn as if you will live forever which made our hero Mahatma Gandhi live forever 😉


  5. How often does one remember to be inspired in the moment (even when that moment involved one’s first cup of coffee and the delight of reading your blog!)…:-) Great post


  6. Gandhi has been such a role model for me in many ways for a very long time–I am now adding him as a role model for sheer exuberance and joy in each moment, lived out so peacefully and harmoniously always!


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