“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.” – Albert Einstein
Colorado lawmakers seeing the unintended consequences of legalizing marijuana have embarked on an educational program including; advertising, public service announcements and more. Their goals to make the public aware of some of the ramifications of wide spread pot use.
A recent example is a revision the the popular children’s nursery rhyme below.
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch some marijuana. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill was pregnant after.
Ok so I made this up … lawmakers don’t think about the unintended consequences of their actions.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
~Edgar A. Guest~
While Zedd does confirm that this statement by the Omen Machine is a Wizard’s Rule, he does not say which number it is given.
This rule cannot directly be quoted, but using the final book of the series, “Confessor“, it can be understood. In Confessor, Richard goes through great struggle to obtain a book left for him by Baraccus, a great wizard from the past. Richard believes this book entitled Secrets to a War Wizard’s Power will be a means for him to finally understand how to use his gift and therefore in essence be the solution to major problems. Once he obtains the book however, its pages are blank and his grandfather Zedd informs him that Baraccus left it blank to illustrate the meaning of the rule unwritten.
Richard, at first disappointed that the book does not contain all the answers, eventually realizes that he is wrong, it does contain the answer. The book actually tells him all that he needs to be told. The fact is that he doesn’t need to be told anything; he already has the ability to use his power, he doesn’t need a book to tell him how.
Using this new found understanding, Richard comes to realize the Wizard’s Eleventh Rule; one must always seek the truth in life for themselves, rather than simply believing that which they are told without their own rational understanding and justification for that belief. Failure to do so can lead to a life of clinging to empty promises and following trails of false hope. The knowledge gained through seeking the truth, if used for the purposes of good, is the key to enjoying life to its fullest. Those who use the truth for hate however, only betray themselves. While this is the Eleventh Rule, be sure not to break it now by taking anything said here for granted. Read Confessor and discover the truth for yourself.
Through the Eleventh Rule Richard discovers that “The Book of Counted Shadows” could not possibly be the key to the Boxes of Orden, and that in fact the Sword of Truth was the only way to harness Orden’s power of life itself. Incalculable effort had been put into obtaining the knowledge contained in The Book of Counted Shadows by Jagang and the Sisters of the Dark, and in the past that it was well protected, yet when the Sisters of the Dark finally used it that effort was all for nothing.
As far as the knowledge within the book was concerned, there was ‘nothing in it’, much like Secrets to a War Wizard’s Power. The Sword of Truth, representative of its namesake, was key to life. The secret to Richard’s power is that he seeks the truth. In seeking truth he turns a blind eye to corrupt ideas and embraces that which is the essence of life itself. The Sisters of the Dark assumed the truth to be what they had always been told by others and never thought to verify it themselves. The price they paid for such an oversight was their lives. Moreover, the sisters would never have been able to access the power of life even with the sword because they were acting through hate. Richard, on the other hand, intended to use the power to help those he cared about and thus had the ability to harness the power of life. “those who have come here to hate should leave now, for in their hatred they only betray themselves” – translated from The Book of Life. That book too was empty to the sisters because of the path they followed.
This information is inaccurate. The book at no point states that this Rule came “from the beginning of time,” what it states is that it has been unwritten since the dawn of time. In fact, Terry Goodkind himself refers to this as the Eleventh Rule as can be seen on his own webpage.