Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Daily Vocabulary

completion: the action or process of finishing something. Which surely feels very good indeed. Sometimes some things don't go quite as you wish they would, but it doesn't much matter: one is still finished, yes? And yet, what we've done is not the biggest of deals. We put together a collection of stories, we got it ready, we will shortly upload it. This is nice and all, but it's not a major completion. Picture instead Columbus arriving in the new world, somewhere in the Bahamas. That was a completion. Picture the moment at which the early Muslims took over the farthest reaches of Persia, and knew they had overcome one of the world's great empires, and one that never returned. Picture when Jonas Salk finally had a successful vaccine for polio. How amazing that must have been. And we're not there, of course. But for my own self, for my own life, for my own goals, this feels very good.

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