“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” -Charles Bukowski
It is my hope, as it should be for all educators and friends and mentors, that we begin to understand we are not in competition with one another. We have nothing to prove inside or outside the realm of our disciplines.
When we are able to recognize this and live this out, our duties become tunnel visioned, focused on why we are set in a particular position, rather than pre-occuppied with proving our adequacy.
As I look around the rooms I settle in and around, I am finding that only the professors who truly desire to aid in the development of their peers and students, use simplicity and encouragement when speaking, relating and teaching.
May we constantly be reminding ourselves of our own worth, our own purpose, and our own goals, through simplicity, not complexity. Let us refrain from comparing and looking around and sizing up our co-workers and friends.
Let us be intelligent and diligent in the way in which we pass along information and ideas. As a student, and a near teacher, I know this to be instrumental in the progression of a student and a human being.
We are not hear to prove our own accomplishments or wisdom. We are here to help them believe in their own.