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All day I struggled to stay awake, and now that it’s time to sleep, I’m struggling. It’s the confines of things – whether it’s a corporate structure, a deadline, a shirt buttoned all the way to the top – it’s all suffocating.

Is anything, though, more suffocating than misunderstandings and false assumptions? How can one possibly be expected to understand the full picture if she doesn’t have all the facts? If one has only half the story, and even that much possibly false, how can she act appropriately? Perhaps the answer is – never act at all.

“Marco Polo describes a bridge, stone by stone. “But which is the stone that supports the bridge?” Kublai Khan asks. “The bridge is not supported by one stone or another,” Marco answers, “but by the line of the arch that they form.” Kublai Khan remains silent, reflecting. Then he adds: “Why do you speak to me of the stones? It is only the arch that matters to me.” Polo answers: “Without stones there is no arch.”” –Invisible Cities, Calvino

 

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