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I can't tell you how many times I come back to these three posts and re-read them.

I just get that there is a big lesson for all of us in creating a participatory civil society.

It strikes me as critical for those with expertise and in positions of authority to trust the public and to be tolerant of what it is like as people stumble, learn, fail, and learn some more. Someone just said more about that in a much more elegant way than I. Oh, he didn't just now say it! I should have known:

"If you will make a man of the working creature, you cannot make a tool. Let him but begin to imagine, to think, to try to do anything worth doing; and the engine-turned precision is lost at once. Out comes his roughness, all his dulness, all his incapability; shame upon shame, failure upon failure, pause after pause: but out comes the whole majesty of him also; and we know the height of it only when we see the clouds settling upon him. And, whether the clouds be bright or dark, there will be transfiguration behind and within them." -- John Ruskin, The Nature of Gothic (1853).

Something to keep in mind as we seek a learning society with room for the engagement and participation of all.

But mostly I wanted to use this venue to say how much I admire the inquiry being conducted here.

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