Kindness is wiser than truth.

When John Seidel (the developer of The Ethnograph) was a graduate student, one day he prefaced a question to a distinguished professor with the words, “Speaking as a mere graduate student”, to which the professor replied, “The word ‘mere’ is redundant in this context.”

For this being my favourite anecdote, I often referred to myself as a mere graduate student with a sort of self-mocking wink. Yesterday a dear friend told me that I should call myself an academic-in-waiting instead. Aww, don’t I just love euphemisms? 😀


4 thoughts on “Kindness is wiser than truth.

  1. Maybe this helps …

    Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

    Rainer Maria Rilke

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