Are you a diver
or a scanner? Barbara Sherís I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew
What It Was, 1995 (ISBN 0 7336 0057 3), claims that knowing the
answer to that question will help you pursue your lifeís vocation.
Bikwil readers will be divers, Iím sure: musicians, scientists,
arenít satisfied with beginnings or quick insights: they hang on for
the whole ride. They need to see how things come together in the end. If
they find . . . no bottom to what they study, itís because theyíve
opened up a new depth revealing new secrets and new puzzles, and then a
diver is in heaven.
about you scanners? You librarians, documentary filmmakers, explorers,
. . . love to learn about the structure of a flower, and they love to
learn about the theory of music . . . the adventures of travel . . . the
tangle of politics . . . The world is a treasure house full of a million
works of art, and life is hardly long enough to see them all . . .
Because our culture values the diverís specialization and
determination, we often think of scanners as people who simply wonít
get down to work . . . a foolish cultural oversight.
plenty of advice, too, for those who seem to be scanners, but who are
really divers with something blocking them from diving.
book well worth the scan/dive. But as to whether it will temper your
overall cynicism about American pop (pap?) psychology . . .