Experience: Katharine Butler Hathaway


All well-brought up people are afraid of having any experience which seems to them uncharacteristic of themselves as they imagine themselves to be. Yet this is the only kind of experience that is really alive and can lead them anywhere worth going. New, strange, uncharacteristic experience, coming at the needed moment, is sometimes as necessary in a person’s life as a plow in a field.

Katharine Butler Hathaway 1890-1942

The Journals and Letters of the Little Locksmith

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I think very few young people feel this  fear; after all, what is ‘the gap year‘ if not the recognition that exploring uncharacteristic experiences is part of growing up? I certainly did my share of exploration in my twenties and thirties. But now I’m in my sixties, I think there  is certainly a risk of straying from the well-trodden path.

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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