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Old 10-08-17, 12:00 PM
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Re: Starting projects with no real aim or purpose

I often start study projects that have no real goal other than satisfying my own fascination. In my case, my projects usually involve studying everything I can find about some obscure topic that I know will never be of any real practical use to me.

I've always been interested in languages, so I decided to study several ancient ones such as Old Babylonian and Sumerian. So I bought a bunch of expensive grammars and dictionaries of these long dead languages and spent a few months trying to learn them. I only got part way through these grammars before my interest got captured by something new. I later came back again to studying these languages, but had to start at the beginning again since I had forgotten what I studied before. I'm not sure what I would ever do with these languages even if I ever learned them.

I also have, for example (and there are many others), a whole shelf full of books on the history of Ancient Egypt (another study project of mine) and a shelf full of books on the history of medieval and early modern France (another study project of mine). Of course, very few of these books have ever been finished. When I start reading a book, I usually end up getting interested in a new one long before I ever finish reading the old one and within a month or two, I've usually forgotten a lot of what I read anyway. And what would I ever do with my knowledge of Ancient Egypt or medieval France if I ever managed to finish the books I bought on those subjects or remember what I read in them?
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