Friday, 28 September 2012

Death Valley Scotty -- True Gold

There is a mystery at the heart of the Death Valley Scotty story. Did he or did he not have a gold mine?

What first compelled me to write this novel was the thematic richness of Walter Scott's story. It seemed to say that money is what we all think we want, but what we really want is contentment -- and the ingredients of contentment cost surprisingly little.

This novel is about love and friendship and the truly important things of life that we are apt to take for granted or to overlook. They are encapsulated in the freedom from pain (Albert Johnson's injured back), the realization of dreams, the establishment of real friendship, the leaning how to laugh and the appreciation of the beauty of the natural world. The gold here only plays the role of 'siren' -- the seductive distraction that draws us off the proper track of life. When true contentment is gained, the ownership of gold becomes unimportant.

This philosophy is heartwarming and uplifting. It has a consolation for the common man who has no hope of riches: that the rich man has gone up the wrong road anyway. It asserts that we're all as good as one another, irrespective of what we own, which seems to me to be a noble idea that I may have heard somewhere else ...

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