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    Quote Originally Posted by Surr View Post
    I wonder if there's many other people who get anxious over the thought that there's just so many things in general awesome books, films, series, artists and so forth and you'll never have enough time to discover them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surr View Post
    I wonder if there's many other people who get anxious over the thought that there's just so many awesome books, films, series, artists and so forth and you'll never have enough time to discover them all.
    I'm more worried about the possibility of seeing everything interesting there is to see BEFORE I die. I'd rather die with my sense of wonder intact, than die bored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surr View Post
    I wonder if there's many other people who get anxious over the thought that there's just so many awesome books, films, series, artists and so forth and you'll never have enough time to discover them all. That thought just really depresses me because I want to constantly be excited about an awesome book or film or so forth and finding those excitement-worthy ones is tough work and every time you watch a horrible movie you feel sad because you could've been watching a life-changing movie instead if you had just picked a better one to watch..
    I'm constantly discovering new music or neat little novels I'd never heard of, and it boggles my mind that I've only shallowly dipped into what's out there. I don't like knowing I can't read every book, hear every song, watch every movie, see every landscape, and so on. Watching a bad movie or reading a bad book doesn't make me feel sad, though. It's an opportunity to learn from their mistakes, to refine my own tastes, and/or to gleefully tear apart everything they did wrong.

    What makes me sad are all the things that are gone. The libraries burned, cultures lost, unappreciated genius that faded into obscurity. Entire books that became footnotes in other works because the originals were lost. It's aggravating. It's not like I would have read them. I just like having the option.

    There's a book at my library called 100 Places to Go Before They Disappear. I'm not going to read it because it will probably piss me off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    I'm constantly discovering new music or neat little novels I'd never heard of, and it boggles my mind that I've only shallowly dipped into what's out there. I don't like knowing I can't read every book, hear every song, watch every movie, see every landscape, and so on. Watching a bad movie or reading a bad book doesn't make me feel sad, though. It's an opportunity to learn from their mistakes, to refine my own tastes, and/or to gleefully tear apart everything they did wrong.

    What makes me sad are all the things that are gone. The libraries burned, cultures lost, unappreciated genius that faded into obscurity. Entire books that became footnotes in other works because the originals were lost. It's aggravating. It's not like I would have read them. I just like having the option.

    There's a book at my library called 100 Places to Go Before They Disappear. I'm not going to read it because it will probably piss me off.
    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    I'm more worried about the possibility of seeing everything interesting there is to see BEFORE I die. I'd rather die with my sense of wonder intact, than die bored.
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    I feel for you, @EJCC. I collect relative to the Noumenal. I know there is an aspect of limitation to universe, to three-dimensional expression. I have seen the borders. And its limits scare me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    I'm more worried about the possibility of seeing everything interesting there is to see BEFORE I die. I'd rather die with my sense of wonder intact, than die bored.
    I wouldn't worry about that. To me having a sense of wonder however is basically defined as being interested in or capable to generate an interest in an endless number of things. So per definition, if you have a sense of wonder you will never get bored or run out of interesting new things to find out. There are so many facts and concrete objects in the past and so much is being produced/generated while you are exploring that and even if you knew all the knowable facts there would still be so many options of combining and recombining them to new theories, explanations and stories!

    It is absolute hybris to assume that you will be through learning all there is to be learned (or everything interesting as long as your definition of interesting is not excessively narrow!) before your time on earth is over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    I'm more worried about the possibility of seeing everything interesting there is to see BEFORE I die. I'd rather die with my sense of wonder intact, than die bored.
    What an odd thing to worry about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyyukon View Post
    What an odd thing to worry about.
    Reminds me of that futurama episode where the professor says everything has been invented.


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