Wednesday, June 17, 2020

#169 / What We Think

Before pushing the button to send them into the Great World of the Internet, I generally reread my blog postings (since I have often prepared my blog postings some days ahead of the date on which they are ultimately published). When I did that just before the date that my posting titled, "Category Theory" went online, I was reminded of the source of my particular view of the world. 

In 1903, James Allen published a literary essay he called, As A Man Thinketh. It is available in book form, and in 1961, the year I graduated from high school, my father presented me with a copy of the book, with this inscription:

Gary - from Dad - Christmas 1961
Read this every birthday for a few years, Gary. Set yourself a dream goal and see yourself there.
You can do any thing - if you are willing. 
Don't be afraid to dream, for if you don't have a dream, you can't have a dream come true.

This was very good advice from my father. It is still good advice, and I am passing it along. I recommend Allen's book, too!

Maybe some day I'll devote a blog post to how my father proved in his life the validity of the advice he gave me the year I left high school and entered the university. My father's extraordinary life was premised on his conviction that "you can do any thing."

As I said in my blog posting yesterday, "possibility" is my favorite category." Now you know why that is true.

Thank you, Dad.

Thank you for everything!

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