Archive for August 2010
There are a lot of interesting aspects to consider in this piece about a man local experts believe to be the sole survivor of his tribe.
Eventually, the agents found the man. He was unclothed, appeared to be in his mid-30s (he’s now in his late 40s, give or take a few years), and always armed with a bow-and-arrow. Their encounters fell into a well-worn pattern: tense standoffs, ending in frustration or tragedy. On one occasion, the Indian delivered a clear message to one agent who pushed the attempts at contact too far: an arrow to the chest.
I can’t personally vouch for these answers (having read, I’m pretty sure, 0 of the books), but I’m rather enamored with the question:
What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?
I think there’s great utility in the distinction David Brooks draws between the “well-planned life” and the “summoned life.”
The person leading the Well-Planned Life emphasizes individual agency, and asks, “What should I do?” The person leading the Summoned Life emphasizes the context, and asks, “What are my circumstances asking me to do?”