Wednesday, March 8, 2023
#67 / Two Types
My sister is an artist whose latest project is renovating and refurbishing a house in France - with the very significant and substantial assistance of her husband, let me say - just to be sure that full credit goes where due.
My sister also publishes a lovely and artistically appealing blog, and she sometimes reads mine. In a recent email, as my sister updated me on the progress that she and her husband are making on the house, she said that she really liked one of my recent blog postings, which documented the wisdom of the first President of Cabrillo College, Dr. Robert Swenson.
For those who missed it, Dr. Swenson allegedly said that there are only three kinds of people in the world: (1) People who make things happen; (2) People who watch things happen, and (3) People who ask, "What happened?"
My sister wanted me to have her list, which is shorter. She said that that there are only TWO kinds of people in the world: "Those who divide people into two categories and those who don't."
Given that choice, stick with those who don't! That is my heartfelt advice. Categories which propose to divide us into different categories will almost always lead us astray. Both Walt Whitman and Bob Dylan are right on target. We each "contain multitudes," and any categories we deploy to characterize ourselves, or others, can only capture a tiny part of who we ultimately are, and will provide us only the slightest guidance on what we can ultimately do.