Sunday, March 29, 2009

The joys of serendipity ...

... In Pursuit of the Unknown. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I can't help thinking - but then I am approaching old age and old men are predisposed to think such thoughts - that this utilitarian attitude, this inability to understand the joys of serendipity, will lead in the long run to an inability to make and understand allusions and to a loss of mental flexibility. Browsing is a manifestation of multiculturalism in the best possible sense. By browsing, you realise that what you previously did not know existed interests you deeply. The internet, by contrast, is the instrument of monomaniacs.

1 comment:

  1. One of the best sources of serendipity is -- soon to be was -- the daily printed newspaper.