Exploration in Literature

While reading a book recently, I came across a quote by T.S. Elliot. I looked up "Little Gidding" and found the whole poem on the internet. Here's a paragraph from the last quartet:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
I tend to avoid deep poetry because I sometimes find it depressing more often than uplifting. This one made me reflective. In life, we explore so that we may gain wisdom and appreciate where we came from - where we started. As children and teenagers we may not appreciate things quite the same until we strike out on our own. "Home" always feels different when you've been away for a while.

Is there a tie here to software testing? Dunno. Haven't thought that far. If in life we explore to gain wisdom, how does that compare to exploring software? Do we appreciate the requirements more if we have done an effective job of test exploration? Do we gain wisdom? If so, about what? The people we're working with? The processes or technologies? The development practices or industry?

Just thought I'd share the find.

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