One of the things I have learned after 4 decades of reading is that books, articles, poetry, research papers and songs are all vehicles that take us out of our daily lives and transport us to other places.  Whether we are chasing a white whale, crossing a desert on a horse with no name, delving into the intricacies of the cosmos or just trying to better understand data warehousing, exploring and discovering these topics changes us.  We learn about new places, new ways of thinking and explore new ideas. We feel another person’s pain. We understand how other people dream. We can see the world through the eyes of other races, genders and cultures.

Discovery isn’t the least of our mantra as the last item.  It is the reason the other 4 tenets exist. If I write the greatest novel in the world and nobody reads it, was it great?  If nobody gets to hear the songs or poetry that flows out of my soul, then I am the only one that benefits and that goes against the very fabric of what this platform was created to do.

Photo by Kaique Rocha
Photo by Kaique Rocha

So what am I asking from you?  

After all, it is the ultimate aim of human existence.

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