It’s a truth of life: perspective, or your view and thoughts about things change with distance. Whatever the topic, the further you drill down, the more things change from a fifth-grade test question to a doctorate’s degree’s complexity.
Perspective is exactly why we teach about the peoples of the Andes and studly colonial America. What seems clear to us from afar, is often more complex and murky when we look closer. We should do so more often.
Here are some vignettes about perspective. It’s something I like to harp on a lot, and I think it makes us better human beings.
Or… maybe they’re just having a bad day and need a sit in a hot bath? It always depends on how e see it. Why give yourself a pass?
Will you do the hard work to fix the problem or just cover it up with new paint? It makes all the difference.
My resolve is to be more mindful of this. This unearned good fortune of mine and of this unearned hardship for so many others.