Friday, May 25, 2012

What Would Mark Twain Think About Bigfoot?

Mark Twain - "Then away out in the woods I heard that kind of a sound that a ghost makes when it wants to tell about something that's on its mind and can't make itself understood, and so can't rest easy in its grave, and has to go about that way every night grieving."

 
What Would Samuel Clements Think About Bigfoot?

Mark Twain on the Mysteries Of Life
By Dorraine Fisher

            Growing up in an Illinois river town, I guess I can relate to an author like Mark Twain who told stories of that life so eloquently. Many Twain novels paint elements of a picture of life on the river that I clearly remember myself.  Including legends of ghosts and monsters and mysterious events that remain firmly planted in the culture to this day. 
            But we often forget that Mark Twain, the famed author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn was a philosopher first; a bit hardened by the life he led as Samuel Clements, one of only three survivors of a family of seven children who later lost his father when he was only 11 years old.
             He later became a printer and typesetter who educated himself at night through use of the local library. He was a Confederate army deserter of sorts through his own admission, as he claimed to have formed a company of his own and then disbanded a couple weeks later because his heart wasn’t in the cause.  And he was master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi, an atmosphere entrenched in Native American legends,  endless ghost stories, and wild man tales centered around the many caves along the river that were later injected into his early novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  And all this before he traveled west to Nevada, failed as a gold miner, and eventually became a journalist for the Virginia City  Territorial Enterprise.
            If you’ve ever had the privilege to explore his many writings, it becomes obvious that his mind expanded with every piece as he completed each chapter in his life. Each giving a glimpse into the things he might have believed about the world.
            But what would such an intelligent, insightful man think about those subjects often classified as paranormal today?  None of us can know for sure, but a couple of his quotes offer a glimpse:
“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries of life disappear and life stands explained.”
- From one of Twain’s notebooks, 1898
“Some things you can't find out; but you will never know you can't by guessing and supposing; no, you
have to be patient and go on experimenting until you find out that you can't find out. And it is delightful
 to have it that way, it makes the world so interesting. If there wasn't anything to find out, it would be
dull. Even trying to find out and not finding out is just as interesting as trying to find out and finding
out, and I don't know but more so.”
                    Eve's Diary


            I guess everyone can decide for themselves. *******


[TCC - Dorraine Fisher is a freelance writer and nature and wildlife enthusiast.She is also a TCC Team Member]

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