Ethan Glover

'Character is something you forge for yourself; temperament is something you are born with and can only slightly modify. Some people have easy temperaments and weak characters; others have difficult temperaments and strong characters.
We are all prone to confuse the two in assessing people we associate with. Those with easy temperaments and weak characters are more likable than admirable; those with difficult temperaments and strong characters are more admirable than likable. Of course, the optimum for a person is to possess both an easy temperament and a strong character, but this is a rare combination, and few of us are that lucky. The people who get things done tend to be prickly, and the people we enjoy being with tend to be accepting, and there seems to be no way to get around this. Obviously, there are many combinations of character and temperament, in varying degrees, so that this is only a rough generalization - but I think it is one worth remembering when we make personal judgments.' -Sydney J. Harris

Emergent Order

by Ethan Glover, Sun, Oct 12, 2014 - (Edited) Sun, Oct 23, 2016

A video was recently brought to my attention about the beauty of emergent order. I am a big believer in the magic of chaos and that people can peacefully coexist without interfering into others lives. When I aim to help someone, I make sure the help is welcome and wanted. When I need help I am not afraid of asking for it. I realize that if I don't, I may not get it, and if I get it anyways it will likely not be of much use. At least, things generally go smoother when there is clear communication about what I really need and exactly where I'm at. The same goes for the other way around. In assisting others, doing a job for someone, or anything of that nature it is important that mutualism is maintained.

All of the above is not of much importance compared to the powerful message the video conveys. Something I, like most, struggle to put into words. Emergent order and the wonder of how we can work together, in sync, without micromanagement, but simply by understanding one other and working towards the common goal of betterment.