Friday, May 30, 2014

Be Not Brave (My Advice For New Residents On July 1)

Be not brave,

For bravery is the crutch of the buffoon, a poor substitute for knowledge and skill.  Experience is a tireless teacher, and practice is the master's apprentice.  Mastery precludes audacity.

Fear and pain will neither be your foe nor enemy, they will be a constant companion.  Much like a shadow, they may progress or recede.  But they will never disappear.  The walls you so expertly build will only create new reflective surfaces, they will obliterate nothing.

Intention is always the first principle.  You will help many but harm a significant few.  Intention is the common  thread.  It is that which separates you from the knave.  When intention is compromised, skill and knowledge have no backstop.

You will never be a carpenter.  Your walls will be porous.  They will not protect you.  Good and mal humors will still exchange,  Just slower.  More painfully.

In the road to becoming, there will be many moments of compromise.  Compromise is a well whose origins run deep.  Be weary of those who proffer money and prestige.  Administrators, politicians, and technologists will all sleep comfortably with your decisions.

You, however, may not.


Anonymous said...

Great post & Fantastic advice. Applicable to all.

Paul Rousseau said...

Wonderful post. And love this sentence:Experience is a tireless teacher, and practice is the master's apprentice.

Paul Rousseau