Independence and Sherlock Holmes


There are some books that we read as children and then again as adults. The best books give us a different view of ourselves and life each time we read them.

It is sensational to read a book that gives a different view of independence.

There are a few characters in books that I liked as a child and still like as an adult. One of those characters is one of a kind, Sherlock Holmes. As a child, Holmes seemed smart, interesting and weird. As an adult, I see Holmes as a one of a kind, smart, interesting, and weird character. I interpret Holmes as an independent figure who says what he means, means what he says and does not bow to worldly conventions. There is an interesting independent edge that I see in the character of Sherlock Holmes.  

Some will argue that Holmes is a know-it-all, self-centered, drug addict. I would agree with that assessment. At the same time, Holmes is an independent person. I like the way Holmes didn’t simply depend upon conventional wisdom, traditional methods or what was expected. Holmes used his intelligence and creativity to find answers to the problems he encountered. He invented scientific tests and potions never seen before in order to solve mysteries. Holmes was an independent thinker. Not only was Holmes an independent thinker, his bad habits, conceit, and one track mind caused him to be alone and physically independent. Unlike his friend Watson, he did not share his home and his heart with a spouse. He was independent because he lived alone, did not have a lot of friends, and made his way in the world.

Almost anyone can be independent in mind and spirit if one chooses that path. In order to be an independent character, figure out:

  • What is important to you
  • What would you do if you could do anything
  • What is your greatest strength
  • What makes you happiest

Once you know the answers to these questions you are in a position to be an independent thinker and an independent person in the world. Independence is not the same as anarchy. Being independent means that you are able to think, act and care for yourself. At the same time, an independent person knows that she lives in a world with other people and must follow societal laws and conventions. So, take the steps, be independent, but don’t crush anyone else’s independence while getting there.    

In conclusion, it is sensational to read a book that gives a different view of independence. So, the question for you this sensational day is what is your favorite independent book character?

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