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By Patrick Rothfuss
My son wants nothing more than to catch a mouse.

At this point in his life, he has no greater goal, no higher aspiration. He plans traps for the mouse. He has schemes. He channels the spirit of Wile E Coyote.

When I ask what plans to do with the mouse after he catches it varies. Sometimes he wants to eat it. Sometimes he wants to keep it as a pet.

This just underlines the main theme. *Having* a mouse isn't what he's going for here. The point of this is to *catch* the mouse.

I love for this small, stupid obsession of his.

What's more. I recognize this element of his personality for what it is. This desire. This compulsion. This pointless, purposeless need to *do* a thing.

This is one of the driving forces of humanity, made manifest in my little four year old boy.

This is the thing that forces people to make model trains. What makes them create endless backstory for their D&D characters. It's what makes people paint and draw and compose even though they know they'll never make a penny doing it.

This is the thing that makes us wonder what lies over the far horizon. This is the the part of us that wants the moon.

It's the thing that made me want to write a book. That made me draw maps and invent currencies and build dead religions in an entirely fictive world.

I'm astonished how quickly it's shown up in him. I marvel at the longevity of his obsession. I wonder if it shows up so quickly in everyone. I wonder if I'm projecting.

It makes me feel a little closer to him. And that is nice.

I hope he never catches his mouse.

Having caught my own mouse, I've come to see that for some of us, having the mouse really isn't the point at all. For some of us, catching the mouse just gets in the way of the of our endless joyous pursuit of what we're chasing.

For some of us, catching the mouse hopelessly tangles our strings. It trips us, and forces us to look at our feet. If you catch a mouse, you have to hold on to it, and that keeps us from building a better mousetrap. It keeps us from building more castles in the sky....
 

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True words - its said that many a rich person becomes bored of life because there are few barriers. If they want their mouse they can buy it - in seconds - in fact they can buy as many mice as they want in whatever colour and condition they should wish.

With no effort in the catching the capture and having of the mouse becomes emptier all the more.
 

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God. That's profound. Seriously.
 

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It's just a stupid mouse.
I'll take the perspective that my cat has... corner it, toy with it, and then kill it.

No need for philosophy or romance, just kill it.
 

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Boundless curiosity leading to endless exploration and innovation; born of the spark of creativity that lies inside us all. T'is indeed a wonderful gift!
Now if humanity could only learn to temper that gift with wisdom so we don't bring the house down around us while chasing the mouse... that would really be something.
 

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Boundless curiosity leading to endless exploration and innovation; born of the spark of creativity that lies inside us all. T'is indeed a wonderful gift!
Now if humanity could only learn to temper that gift with wisdom so we don't bring the house down around us while chasing the mouse... that would really be something.


But isn't that what wisdom is born from... catastrophe.;)
The man who brings down his house in pursuit of a mouse is a wise man indeed.:D

I think if you venture to do something incredibly stupid... at least do it with gusto.:)
 

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But isn't that what wisdom is born from... catastrophe.;)
The man who brings down his house in pursuit of a mouse is a wise man indeed.:D

I think if you venture to do something incredibly stupid... at least do it with gusto.:)

lmao :D

I think we should debate this point after the house falls down and then decide how wise we were, no? ;)
 

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My God, I love the world and the people in it. It really does take all kinds to make it work... :)
 

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But not without me, right? I'm indispensable! :D
 
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