Agency and Schooling (and gardening)
Over at Palladium I have written School is Not Enough. The beginning may be familiar to some readers, the post is an elaboration of my thinking about agency. I speak a bit more about the problem, and potential solutions.
I leave it implicit that I find it this very interesting: While there is so much focus on education, the bottleneck for flourishing has not been knowledge acquisition for quite some time. Instead it seems to be within direction, discipline, and finding (or continuing to find) incentives to learn and build.
What else have I been doing with my time? I planted a small orchard, I’m starting a rose garden in earnest, though right now its just a scattering of twelve. I have put two climbing roses on the Goose Palace, which are still quite small, and I will build a small wood shed this year and put more climbers on that. I have committed to a flurry of other plantings: 40 saplings, some lilacs, hopefully a few mature trees, and lastly I have ordered 1,400 bulbs, mostly tulips and daffodils, for planting in the fall. I have more gardening and building than this planned for this spring and summer, I have as usual over-committed all of my time. But I find it very pleasing. If next year I must spend an hour each day walking around outside, pruning and weeding and meandering about in my miniature botanical gardens, that would be just fine. Effort alone I love, but I also want to make something that feels magnificent, not just for my own family but for every passerby.
My drafts folder is a great mess. Many threads of thought tangled in a shoebox. I hope to write more to you soon. Maybe first about what I’ve been reading, and how.
The painting is by Peder Krøyer, 1893, of his wife Marie in the garden of a house they were renting. This photograph of Peder and Marie was taken around the same time.