The excellent North Country reporter Brian Mann was good enough to write about Charlie Whistler’s Omnium Gatherum in Adirondack Life – the magazine for lovers of this great wilderness. He notes that I was “sheepish” about admitting that I first visited the Adirondacks in order to write about mule diving for The Spectator. And that the donuts of Raquette Lake were a big draw. Keen and accurate observations. You can read the whole 4 page piece here: adirondack-life-land-of-make-believe.
I regard a privileged upbringing to be one that is filled with curiosity. This curiosity might be a genetic condition or one that somehow been cultivated in an individual. But it doesn’t matter how it has come about. All I know is that I am eternally grateful for my innate sense of curiosity for, without it, I might well have passed a meaningless or futile life, not knowing anything and not really enjoying the use of our imagination which is the linchpin of life itself. Privilege is curiosity.
If I can take one thing other than integrity and instill that in people, I’d want it to be curiosity. Because to me, people who are curious are going to be better investors and better stewards of others’ money. If there’s no curiosity, you’re basically doing something that’s already been done by someone else.