Learning and Defection LO22043

Swan, Steve R. SETA CONTR (SwanSR@ftknox5-emh3.army.mil)
Tue, 29 Jun 1999 09:10:20 -0400

Replying to LO22016 --

I was reminded yesterday during a speech by a person retiring after 30
plus years of faithful service to the country (USA) of the following

"It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the
strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The
credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is
marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and
comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great
devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause. Who, at the best, knows
in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, at least
fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those
timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

Unfortunately, the microsecond transmission of information (good or bad)
afforded those of us that have access has allowed some to seek more than
should be expected. The ground rule to all should be common sense and
contextual application. Even repeated and "accepted" quotes from experts
in disciplines that have been made some "common names" can be taken out of
context or actually be wrong. Indeed there is "junk" in any open
communications network (including radio, TV, and a crowded room).
Discrimination is the key. Just don't listen or read it all.

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