What makes teaching—and so many other types of interaction—so interesting and challenging, is the tension between explaining and seducing, or if you allow me to overstretch it somewhat, between clarity and mystery.
I’ve been thinking about this off and on in the past few days. Because I’m about to start teaching again. And for other, less obvious, reasons.
Which is why I found the following rather apt:
Too much of the time our culture fears subtlety. They really want to make sure you get it. And when subtlety is lost, I get upset.
— Philip Seymour Hoffman