When it won’t go right…

Speaking of “mirrors”… Alan Kay gave an inspiring TED talk:
He relayed the quote: “the world is not what it seems: we see things not as they are, but as we are.” And followed with “We can’t learn to see until we admit we are blind.
And observed: “We have to understand ourselves to get around our flaws.”
His talk can be viewed here: http://www.ted.com/talks/alan_kay_shares_a_powerful_idea_about_ideas.html

Buck The Horse Whisperer

Saw this movie last week. Highly recommended to all interested in the process of animal training. Contrasts punishment vs reinforcement approaches to modifying animal behavior. Animals can be trained by punishing mistakes; but the damage to the animal’s mind is hidden from view.

Either you don’t care, or if you have the courage to look, (as ) your horse is a mirror to your soul, sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.  Buck Brannaman.

Many will see this a story of a skilled horse trainer; others will also see a man who lived through extremely punitive treatment as a child to live a life of compassion and generosity toward all living creatures.