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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mood: My daily struggle with Sherlock Holmes

[Young Sherlock Holmes]

I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle [1859-1930]
The Sign of The Four

I was always told that life is never 'black or white'. That what really matters, in a life, are nuances of grey: how many nuances, when, where, why, how long and so on. I would prefer to speak about nuances of purple, but it's the same concept.

This quote is something that really challenges me, because I spent my life trying to be less 'black or white', to be less 'I'm sorry, no exceptions', to be less strict, not only with friends and acquaintances but first of all with myself. In other words, I've tried and I'm still trying to be more human, more compassionate, more all-understanding.
It's a daily struggle and I lose as often as I win, maybe more often. But I don't give up.

This quote helps me, by acting as a reversing memento: I'm learning how to make exceptions and how to start considering this behaviour something different than an inexcusable weakness.

ps. I could obviously use a pic from Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes but nobody remember Barry Levinson's Young Sherlock Holmes any longer and it's really a shame, it's a great movie.