"It is important to do what you don't know how to do. It is important
to see your skills as keeping you from learning what is deepest and
most mysterious. If you know how to focus, unfocus. If your tendency is
to make sense out of chaos, start chaos."
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of my favorite education bloggers just celebrated his 30th birthday. He says he won't be depressed about it, so I guess I won't be depressed either, and won't try to do any comparisons. Ewan made a quick list of milestones with accompanying ICT references, kind of like what I did a couple weeks ago on the event of my arrival in Turkey, which reminds me again of how long, and how short, life can be.
Ewan, the quote is a little birthday present from me, and a reminder to us both that it's not so much what we know as who we become.
"I left Harvard with no real awareness of the awful inequities in the world -- the appalling disparities of health, and wealth, and opportunity that condemn millions of people to lives of despair... It took me decades to find out."
-- Bill Gates, on receiving an honorary doctorate at Harvard University.
Thanks to Tim Cohn (via John Connell) for the link to the text of the speech. Click here to read the whole (short) speech.