When I was 7 I woke up one late spring's morning and went out the door. As I looked over the hill to the east at the sunrise I was overtaken by how red it was that morning. It was that day that I knew deep down, that God created that thing that way for a reason. It was really the first mystery that ever occurred to me. I was a very curious child and was ever asking my parents why this or why that and it was soon after all this curiosity that they bought some encyclopedias which I soon took to and read.
Unfortunately, my curiosity has never been satiated. I remember now - how silly I was - when I found that huge Oxford unabridged dictionary (yes, the big one) and started reading and reading and reading it. I don't ever remember anyone else ever touching it and I don't even know why we had it - I wasn't curious about those kinds of things - I was curious about those words though. I must admit it has given me the advantage over the years in quite a few scrabble games - not too mention boggle - as long as the dictionary is an unabridged one (you know I had an English teacher argue with me over words like "sendee" and "greetee" in Boggle - unbelievable).
I often remember that day when I was 7 and I must admit that it seems so strange that an almost everyday occurrence could strike one so but . . . it has lasted. I know the answer to that one now but it hasn't been that long that I've known it and I'm over 40 now.
As you can imagine I'm quite the know-it-all and am not invited to many parties. Oh well, such is life. I have found many people like their ignorance for I think that they think that they are safe in it. But I know better. I agree with Solomon though - with much wisdom comes much sadness - meaning that it's a fairly lonely spot that you'll find yourself in if you keep seeking wisdom and understanding because it's much too hard for most people. It's like climbing the mountains - everybody wishes they could do it but so few get the chance because so few put in the work beforehand necessary to climb a mountain.
I belong to no fraternity, no society, no big time school because I have avoided them like the plague. They would want to control my thinking and my writing for which they would trade me "job security" which I consider to be an unwise venture. I just go to a small church that very few people want to go to because of the vilification that the Bible has gotten nowadays by people who have never studied it.
Well, that's enough for now. Really, if I had to point to a major influence in my life - it would be that one day.