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Michael Ghiglieri on: The Need to Succeed
Michael Ghiglieri Q: Is there anything that's gnawing away inside him?

MG: John Wesley Powell was expected, by his father, to follow in his footsteps of the Methodist minister, something that Powell didn't want to do and something that Powell resisted year after year after year. And, having chosen a path of science, completely aside from and against his father's wishes and his mother's wishes, he was engaging on a path where if he failed, it would be the classic, I told you so, God did not intend for you to be on this path. So, when Powell was in a Colorado River system facing all these unknown dangers, I'm sure the specter of his parents and their thoughts about religion, God, and the meaning of life were never far away. In other words, he had to succeed here for a number of reasons. He at least had to vindicate his own love of science and exploration and show that he was in fact in a right path, in his life.

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