Just taking a walk.
I’ve avoided writing a story on the Washington Square chess hustlers because they are almost too obvious. Many of them are homeless, or borderline homeless. But they are the smartest homeless people in the world. A lot of them are drug addicts. They are all eccentric. When you walk by the chessboards, they call out to you, trying to convince you to “take a shot.” The starting wager is $2 a game. I’ve never played. But I imagine, like all hustlers, they let you win the $2 game. They probably even let you win the next $2 game. Then, reluctantly, they allow you to raise the wager to $20. That’s when they beat you in 90 seconds.
I guess I’m supposed to feel contrite.
Now I am bummed that I missed the call.
My bad, your fault.
Fine fine fine.
Go pay attention to your job and stuff.
Making profitability and leaning stuff out.
Tranquil soothing waves.
Unwanted by restless sand.
Hoping lightning strikes
When we try to solve a problem, it is critical to define the problem. In regards to the problem of education, we are trying to solve the wrong problem. This is due in part because we have decided to label education as the means to prepare children for 21st century careers. Currently, the robots have not completely taken over so there are still some ancient and honorable careers that don’t require a high level of education. Perhaps a more effective definition of education would be education is a method to engage students to learn effective communication and critical thinking skills to allow them to develop their full potential. Perhaps the output of this system would result in students able to tackle and solve the problems we face today because they would be engaged members of a community and would value others simply because they are people and not because of what they mean to the bottom line.
Silence is a gift.
Hiding the sins we omit.
An act of kindness.
I have better things to worry about. What if I don’t make the world more awesome?
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