Human Nature

Ooh. Came across another cool quote. (I love books of quotations.) “Everything I learned about human nature I learned from me.” Anton Chekhov.

Well, my first thought was Yes, of course! Somebody else said something similar about there being no evil committed that he could not imagine himself committing. Sounds like one of the Russians, doesn’t it? And so I accept that we each have the potential for many “natures” within us. BUT, on second thought, what we would know even about ourselves if we did not observe and interact with other people? Who could imagine a Mother Teresa if one had never come across selflessness? Wouldn’t we remain as selfish and self-absorbed as two year olds if we didn’t see advantages in the examples of people who are selfless? So, I don’t believe we know everything just from being self-aware, though I do believe that any individual’s inner life is not unique to him. By delving into the self, an inner-explorer should certainly understand other people better.(Chekhov probably never meant me to take him too literally, anyway.)

Well, that’s my half-teaspoon of pondering for today.

About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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