6.23.2006

Rules & Hints

Some rules & hints for students and teachers
by Corita Kent

//1// Find a place you trust and then, try trusting it for awhile.

//2// (general duties as a student)
Pull everything out of your teacher.
Pull everything out of your fellow students.

//3// (general duties as a teacher)
Pull everything out of your students.

[ I think of #2 and #3 as being similar to the Girl Scouts creed: "Leave everything cleaner than the way you found it." Only in this instance it would read, "Leave everyone smarter than the way you met them." In other words, share everything you know. Pass on info. How else would we and our society evolve?]

//4// Consider everything an experiment.

//5// Be self disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.

//6// Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail, there's only make.

//7// The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It is those people who do all the work all the time who are the ones who eventually catch on to things.

//8// Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes.

//9// Be happy wherever you can manage it....enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.

//10//"We're breaking all of the rules, even our own rules and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for the "X" qualities." John Cage

Helpful hints: Always be around; Come and go to everything; Always go to classes; Read everything you can get your hands on; Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything,—it might come in handy later.

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