I need to know. I need to know. I need to know.
When I need to know something, I can't stop until I know it. My newest thing is to know more about the Dark Ages. The world recognizes the Dark Ages as a time of intellectual darkness, but I also believe that it was even more so a time of spiritual darkness. So today I spent every spare moment I had - searching, researching, reading. I looked up Martin Luther on Amazon.com and read a few excerpts on him there and then found a PBS special on him on Netflix. I went to the library and checked out "The Age of Reason Begins", by Will and Ariel Durant. So far I've read about Queen Elizabeth (1558-1648) and a few paragraphs about William Shakespeare (1564-1616).
William Shakespeare may have been a master of the pen, but he was a lousy weasel of a husband. I haven't gotten very far on him yet, but did you know that he got a girl pregnant, married her out of pressure by her friends, had a set of twins with her less than two years later, and then abandoned them? He did! That no-good coward left his wife with a toddler and twin babies while he ran off to London to be an actor. There is no record of him for SEVEN years after that! I would like to reach through time and punch him in the nose! Jerk!
On the other hand, I find Martin Luther to be quite fascinating. I feel sorry for him actually. His life in his younger years was sad and he suffered terribly, both in body and spirit. I can see the role he played in this grand Plan our Heavenly Father has though. He had a purpose and I'm assuming he must have fulfilled it. He paved the way for the Restoration of Jesus Christ's church to return to the earth in it's fullness. I can see that clearly. It was also no coincidence that Luther lived right at the time the first printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg. Gutenberg printed Luther's writings in a way that made it possible to distribute the written word to more people than ever before. Luther went on to translate the Bible into German in his later years. I'm still learning more about him or I would tell you more...
The desire to learn is strong inside me. I wish I could have a photographic memory that would let me remember all of the information I study so that I wouldn't have to go back and study things over and over again to help me remember. There is so much to learn and not enough time in my life or brain cells in my head to help me absorb it all. It makes me excited for the next life because I know that we will be able to know all things without the barrier of our finite mortality. I have a feeling I will be like a kid in a candy store when I have the ability to know and understand all that there is to know. So until then, I'll soak up as much as I can and hopefully I'll be able to remember at least a portion of it when I want it to be there.
And now... I'm too tired to write anymore about it so I'm off to bed to dream about Martin Luther and Queen Elizabeth.