Build on it

“I took away their erasers,” she said. They were fixated on perfection and they never made any progress. The high school art teacher was sharing how her drawing students were afraid of making mistakes.  If they made a bad mark on the paper, they would erase it and start again. Another mistake, and more erasing. The thing is, if you erase too many times, you actually … Continue reading Build on it

The rhetoric of war

I’m not a pacifist. I believe it’s vital to resist evil in the world, and sometimes force is required. But I also believe we use it poorly. Syria’s Assad has little legitimacy as a leader and the alleged use of chemical weapons in his country is indefensible. I would have preferred Obama to have acted early in the conflict to find a resolution before so … Continue reading The rhetoric of war