Business/Education Disconnect LO6603

Barry Mallis (
11 Apr 1996 08:07:49 -0400

Reply to: RE>Business/Education Disconnect-LO6571

David Marsters related to us activities which are underway in Vermont
which match some of what is being done here in my own town toward forging
real connections between ongoing business concerns and classroom
practicitioners. The efforts sound great, David.

A voice in the wilderness: someone on this or another related list warned
us: let's not lose sight of certain other aspects of "education" which
are not immediately related to the life of the salary-generated,
life-supporting workplace. I mean the broad humanities, the teaching of
finer thinking for the sake of expanding our hearts. Teachers valiantly
try in many classrooms to avoid the drowning of such delicate but profound
and necessary structures of the psyche.

The great poet, Rumi, reminds me incessantly of humankind's mental
fragility. He wrote this "sonnet" centuries ago:

The New Rule

It's the old rule that drunks have to argue
and get into fights.
The lover is just as bad: He falls into a hole.
But down in that hole he finds something shining,
worth more than any amount of money or power.

Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street.
I took it as a sign to start singing,
falling UP into the bowl of sky.
The bowl breaks. Everywhere is falling everywhere.
Nothing else to do.

Here's the new rule: Break the wineglass,
and fall toward the glassblower's breath.

Best regards to all,

Barry Mallis

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