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One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you... Options
Daemon
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One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you want to go?" was his response. "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
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No matter which way you go unless you don't have an aim!
mustabir
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mustabir wrote:
No matter which way you go unless you don't have an aim!


...unless you have an aim it should continue...
Christine
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Another quote of the Cheshire Cat:

“Say what you mean and mean what you say”

I am carrying my heart~I am carrying my rhythm~I am carrying my prayers~But you can't kill my spirit~It's soaring and strong (Paula Cole's Me Lyrics)***We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We ARE spirtual beings having a human experience.(T.deChardin)***There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)



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The way may not seem to matter. It may, however, be that, although one does not know which way to go oneself, there is an objective "right" and a "wrong" way to go which might make a difference ultimately. I know, this is balls!
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Something I always wondered: does "Cheshire" refer to the cat's color? My understanding is that Cheshire is a type of yellowish cheese.
Christine
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Drew wrote:
Something I always wondered: does "Cheshire" refer to the cat's color? My understanding is that Cheshire is a type of yellowish cheese.


You are right.

"Oldest English cheese dating from Roman Britain; crumbly, may be pale yellow, blue-veined, or coloured orange with annatto; matured 2-6 weeks; approx. 30% water, 24% protein, 30% fat. At one time the cheesemakers of Cheshire impressed the image of a grinning cat on the outside of the cheese; this is believed to be the origin of the Cheshire cat popularized in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland."

I am carrying my heart~I am carrying my rhythm~I am carrying my prayers~But you can't kill my spirit~It's soaring and strong (Paula Cole's Me Lyrics)***We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We ARE spirtual beings having a human experience.(T.deChardin)***There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)



Christine
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mustabir wrote:
mustabir wrote:
No matter which way you go unless you don't have an aim!


...unless you have an aim it should continue...


Yes, this is about one's aim or course in life.

I am carrying my heart~I am carrying my rhythm~I am carrying my prayers~But you can't kill my spirit~It's soaring and strong (Paula Cole's Me Lyrics)***We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We ARE spirtual beings having a human experience.(T.deChardin)***There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)



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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. (Robert Frost)

So perhaps it does matter?
Christine
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Kanga85 wrote:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. (Robert Frost)

So perhaps it does matter?


Yes, because he knew what he wanted.....but Alice didn't know.

I am carrying my heart~I am carrying my rhythm~I am carrying my prayers~But you can't kill my spirit~It's soaring and strong (Paula Cole's Me Lyrics)***We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We ARE spirtual beings having a human experience.(T.deChardin)***There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)



Joseph Glantz
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So does this mean all the people in Cheshire Connecticut like cheese? And shouldn't we defer to Christine/Alice on this one.
early_apex
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Kanga85 wrote:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. (Robert Frost)

So perhaps it does matter?


We don't know if it mattered or not. That poem is much more subtle than it appears when you lift a couple of lines from it, as is popular to do. A closer reading reveals that both paths appeared equally untraveled.

Discussion page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_Not_Taken_(poem)

Frost and the cheese-cat may be saying the same thing: If you don't know where you are going, any path will do.

Or maybe not. A fork in the road is a metaphor for choices we make every day, and many times they are not recoverable. This is the definition of crisis -- having a choice to make without knowing the possible outcomes.

"Shut up, she explained." - Ring Lardner
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