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The Dream

Fable or not, as I mention in the first chapter, I agree with the philosophers, Schopenhauer and Joseph Campbell:

Schopenhauer pointed out that "When you reach an advanced age and look back over your lifetime, or other's life times, it can seem to have had a consistent order and plan, as though composed by some novelist. Events that when they occurred had seemed accidental and of little moment turn out to be indispensable factors in the composition of a consistent plot."

Schopenhauer further suggests "that just as your dreams are composed by an aspect of yourself of which your consciousness is unaware, so too, your whole life is composed by the will within you. And just as people whom you met by apparently by mere chance became leading agents in the structuring of your life, so too, will you have served unknowingly as an agent to the lives of others".
Joseph Campbell suggested that "the whole thing gears together like one big symphony, with everything unconsciously structuring everything else.... one great dream of a single dreamer in which all dream characters dream too;...Every thing arises in mutual relation to everything else, so you can't blame anybody for anything. It is even as though there were a single intention behind it all, which always makes some kind of sense, though none of us knows what the sense might be, or has lived the life that he or she quite intended".
So who composed the 350 year saga of the Tichenor-Titchenal family history?

As the story unfolds, Its obvious that Martin Tichenor-Tichnell and his wife Mary Charles started the dream. Each of their four sons and three daughters continued the dream, each with their own variations for the next generation. Each next generation and new outside influences and contacts added thousands and then millions of variations to each line of our descendants.

I hope my children, grand children, my brother and sister, their children and grandchildren and my many cousins both old and newly discovered as well as any one who reads this book will find this narrative to be interesting and informative, and it will help them establish a personal connection to their ancestors and to history in general for each ancestor.


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