Which side are you on?Once upon a time I did some teaching. In some classes, I noted one or two students who just came, sat and watched but wouldn't join in to play the game that the rest of the class honed their skills on. I thought "what a waste of time". Then it hit me "I was wasting their time" and they had to endure my classes. After a class I cornered them and asked
'What's wrong with the game?'
'Nothing but I don't like winning and losing.'
Another cheekily avoided giving any information by saying
'Games need spectators. I was a spectator.'
I pushed on
'But which side were you on?'
He smiled and said
'I didn't predict outcome. I only watched the game. So I didn't care.' .
I think I know what some of you feel. Taking side can be much more difficult than taking a bus where we can get off at any stop. In fact, it can be much like taking a partner, we have to choose carefully before we take a plunge -- for better or for worse till death or divorce court do us part. Some people may find it hard to commit to something for this and that or whatever reason. They are not trying to change us or change the world. They go on with their life and accept whatever comes -- que sera sera.
Did you come to my class to sit and watch the game?
You don't know the game we play? And what for? [I give you some clues ;-) The game is about connecting or putting things to make another hopefully useful thing so we learn some construction methods and techniques and hopefully we learn to make decisions independently with confidence.