Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How To Become a Competent Sailor

Vero Beach FL
2010 12 08

You start.

At First you Don't Know What to Do.

Then You Do.  Note 1

The road to competence - Well, it's plain
and simple to express:
and err
and err again
but less
and less
and less.'' Note 2

1. Walter Mosley American writer.  Fear of the Dark

2.  Piet Hein (b. 1905), Dutch inventor, poet. "The Road to Wisdom," Grooks (1966) as quoted by Poll Vanderwouw in his blog except Hein used "wisdom" not competence.

For those interested in simple, if not simple minded, ditties I highly recommend Piet Hein's book Grooks. He is one cool dude.  You will all know the line about what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  It comes from Piet Hein.

Here some teasers:

They're busy making bigger roads,
and better roads and more,
so that people can discover
even faster than before
that everything is everywhere alike.

The human spirit sublimates
the impulses it thwarts:
a healthy sex life mitigates
the lust for other sports

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