My hovercraft is full of eels


by Simon Harris

Purposes are deduced from behaviour, not from rhetoric or stated goals.
—Donella H. Meadows

It is fairly easy to formulate a set of values that sound pleasing and for which no real action is required. We might instead call these truisms.

It is much more difficult to define a set of values upon which we will act and for which we will be champion.

Harder still is finding others who share our values and our desire to act upon them, especially as values change over time.

The past while I have too readily been angered by what in hindsight was a mismatch of values. As a good friend and mentor once observed:

There is no right or wrong; there is only compatible or incompatible.