In the novel Catch 22, Yosarian is in bed with his flight instructor's wife, and it plays out something like this:
Yosarian: I don't believe in God.
Woman: Me neither.
Yosarian: I mean, it doesn't make any sense to believe in God.
Woman: I agree.
Yosarian: Who could possibly believe in God with all the pain and suffering and misery in the world?
Woman: [Begins to cry]
Yosarian: What are you blubbering about, you idiot?
Woman: You don't believe in God!
Yosarian: Yeah? So? You just said you don't believe in God, either!
Woman: Yes, but the God I don't believe in is kind and loving. The God you don't believe in is cruel and mean.
>>That said, it's a bit simplistic to say that I leaned on other's understanding... there's still the process of determiningwhose other understanding fits. But yes, my path has been straighter, if no less rocky than R3's.<<
Not intended as an insult, and I'm not diminishing anything. If you're where you need to be, then the best way to get there was how you did it. If you're not where you need to be, then how you got here doesn't matter. My point was simply that methodologies differ. There's a lot right with libraries and tour groups, and nothing wrong with that line of inquiry. I'm just naturally predisposed to a 'cut to the chase' kind of thing, and tend to go off poking around in the wilderness by myself.
It's just the way I'm built. You're built different. 10000 Li is built differenter still.