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Sunday, July 12, 2009 - Red Rock, East Chatham NY

Blackberry, Home Farm, Red Rock, East Chatham NY, May 29, 2009
Blackberry, Home Farm, Red Rock, East Chatham NY, May 29, 2009

Night camp

On my property off Less Traveled Road - The Home Place, Red Rock, East Chatham NY

Skepticism is Helpful

If you want to notice things that seem wrong, you'll find a degree of skepticism helpful. I take it as an axiom that we're only achieving 1% of what we could. This helps counteract the rule that gets beaten into our heads as children: that things are the way they are because that is how things have to be. For example, everyone I've talked to while writing this essay felt the same about English classes-- that the whole process seemed pointless. But none of us had the balls at the time to hypothesize that it was, in fact, all a mistake. We all thought there was just something we weren't getting.

The Age of the Essay, Paul Graham, September 2004

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