I am a twenty-one year old woman who is contemplating a future in writing… We shall see… XD
Someone asked me what my URL was about, so I decided I should probably put that explanation here:
Mental Exaltation, it’s from a Sherlock quote (full quote at bottom of page)… and by now you’ve probably noticed that this blog is inspired by the great works of Sherlock Holmes. Mental Exaltation is something that Sherlock spoke of when he was trying to express that he abhors the daily routine of life, the commonplace. He loves the mental exaltation; the mental happiness, mental challenges. It goes along with another incredible quote about how life is infinitely stranger than anything mortal man’s mind could create (full quote on 1st blog post), and I totally fully agree with Sherlock’s perspective. I also believe in God and I believe that he creates everything, the beautiful, the strange, the amazing, the sometimes just weird. Life can be so extraordinary that I do not wish to see the regular. Which is probably why I didn’t do so well in math and history classes, and probably why I did do very well in English and Philosophy classes. I abhor fact and desire theory. I am probably one of the fish that Albert Einstein was talking about; the fish that was forced to climb a tree, thus thinking it was stupid its entire life. I may not remember history facts, or math calculations, but I can tell you why you might be feeling the way you do. And yes, I could probably tell you the whole premise of a movie, and not tell you all the common facts about the civil war, but that doesn’t mean I’m stupid. I know that information is important, however, I can never keep something in my head that is not personal to myself. I always joke that either the educational system failed me, or I failed the educational system, (my sister jokes that it was a “team effort”), that’s probably because school is all about trying to get the high grades no matter what or else you fail. I do not wish to be of a part of that kind of belief.
Besides, Sherlock Holmes also said,
“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet
I now believe that I am not stupid, but of another kind. I am not of the commonplace, but with complexities of existence. I do not wish to rely on trivial facts but rather theory, or imagination. That is where my heart truly lies, which is why my URL is mentalexaltation.
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