No Cathedral, This Time

1 April 2013

Truisms leap out of the most unexpected places. Earlier today I was learning how to program in the Processing language and read one of the more profound subheadings I’ve encountered in a while:

Don’t start by trying to build a cathedral

Some people would take that to mean ‘know your limits’. I prefer to consider it a reminder to nurture my ambition – to bring it along slowly, wrapped up in learning. The goal is the cathedral, but the first step is a shovel to test the soil. It’s all about patience, and couldn’t we all use a little more of that?