More Poor Richard, Part 3
by Dr. Mark David Major, AICP, CNU-A, The Outlaw Urbanist contributor
I attempted to win your favor when I wrote my first Almanac for Architects and Planners, in the name of the public good and professional betterment, by way of earning some profit and a wife. I am gratified by your expression of encouragement for my tireless efforts dedicated to these aims. Alas, my circumstances still find me exceedingly poor and, unluckily, exceedingly wifeless. I am required to earn some profit to address both problems whilst now addressing a third, namely testing the proposition that insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” To satisfy my own particular brand of insanity, I have written more proverbs and whimsical sayings for your benefit and, hopefully, my own.
As before on The Outlaw Urbanist, I write this new Almanac in increments of ten, according to the dictates of Moses and the Almighty. However, once published as an Almanac for Architects and Planners, the proverbs and witticisms were gathered into a number equal to the days of the week, after being reliably informed that both seven and ten are sacred numbers. My desired requirement for a wife is sufficient motive to write this new Almanac in the hope it will find your favor and retweets as a means of demonstrating the usefulness of my continued efforts but also your charity to this sane Friend and poor Servant,
On Creating and Creativity
21. Planners with 20/20 foresight are more valuable than those with 20/20 hindsight.
22. Organisms are machines for living. When it comes to creating machines, Nature is still infinitely superior to Man.
23. Man assumes a God-like artifice compared to the machines he creates but, compared to the Nature of the Universe, Man is an ant.
24. A little humility before Nature goes a long way.
25. Creativity is a newly (re)discovered path that is often more important than the destination itself.
26. Creativity and space flow with an energy born from the same source.
27. For any true artist, a blank page is exciting and frightening in equal measure.
28. Creativity is the vibrant symbiosis of courage to succeed and fear of failure. Too often, urban planners suffer from an abundance of the latter and deficiency in the former.
29. Shame on the architect who does not design with love and builds that which is unloved by its own creator.
30. For an architect or planner, doubt only marks the beginning of a path to wisdom. Doubt only marks hubris if it is treated as a destination unto itself. Take the path and never assume you have arrived.
Issue 4 of More Poor Richard for Architects and Planners cometh soon!