August 28, 2007

Disarming the global road worrier

I thought that Pete Ianace had come up with a clever pun, but he seems to mean it.

I used to be a global road worrier, myself, but then I realized that I can prepare classes, do research and answer email just as well in an airport in city X as in a hotel conference-room in city Y. In fact, the surroundings are usually less distracting, the network is usually less congested, and the situation is spiritually more fulfilling.

After all, "the way of the Tao is to act without thinking of acting, to taste without discerning any flavour, to consider what is small as great, and a few as many, and to react to injury by kindness." What better way to engage these truths than to be stranded in an airport?

Posted by Mark Liberman at August 28, 2007 10:28 PM