The Wisdom of Alan Arkin

Utterly worth reading.

Things are never going to turn out the way you think they will.

Improvisation has been crucial to my whole life; it’s what we’re doing all the time.

What I’ve learned about teaching is to refer back to the root of that word, which is educo, which means “to pull from.” Education does not mean jamming information into somebody’s head. Rather, it’s that ancient idea that all knowledge is within us; to teach is to help somebody pull it out of themselves.

During the McCarthy era, there was a huge dichotomy in the country. Elvis was the big thing. It was just kind of mindless euphoria on the one hand, and on the other hand, people were living in fear for their lives—in fear of total annihilation. It was very schizophrenic.

Today there’s still a great element of fear, but I don’t think anybody’s having a very good time.

I’m not a political analyst, but what I see is a sort of worldwide paranoia. Everybody knows: The. Jig. Is. Up. Nature is pissed off and everybody’s waiting with baited breath for the other shoe to drop. Everybody knows it. Nobody’s free from that fear.

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