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Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
-- Erica Jong


Thursday, March 4, 2021


Competence is what keeps you alive. Across all species, across all environments, across all time, life is defined and made possible by achievement, ability, competence.

If you have food on your plate it is because of competence. If you are sheltered from stormy weather you have competence to thank.

Love, compassion, and kindness are essential to a good and meaningful life, yet they are not sufficient. If you are to give your love, if you are to offer your care, you must be alive to do so, and that is possible only with competence.

Life has boundless possibilities but it also has very specific requirements. You can live extremely well within life’s harsh parameters, but only when lots of competent people are well rewarded for getting good things done.

Even the most highly competent people and institutions have their flaws. Yet as serious as those flaws may be, their existence is no reason to denigrate or discard competence itself.

Seek competence, celebrate competence, value competence, reward the competence of others. It makes possible your life, all that you love, and all the good things you can do.

— Ralph Marston

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