Finished reading Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive: The Way of Kings, and I was not disappointed. Some very interesting character development, and the detail he provides of the culture and world really brings it to life. I’m a fan of any author that can write in such a way the book disappears and I can instead watch a movie in my head. Dalinar is an excellent character, and his adhereance to the Alethi Codes of War is commendable. The 4th code is one our own leaders could learn to follow: “Leadership. The officer will require no action of his soldiers that he would not be willing to perform himself.”
Life before Death. Strength before Weakness. Journey before Destination.
After finishing up the novel, I ran across some interesting posts on HackerNews and Reddit. There was a general tone in several of the comments that resonated quite well with me as it can be applied to many facets of our lives. In short:
- Identifying flaws in a plan or approach is easy.
- Developing functioning solutions to solve the same problem while avoiding introducing similar or worse flaws is difficult.
- For every awful decision you see, there was a reason that someone, likely begrudgingly, decided that it would have to do.
As with so many things in life, context is often key. If something seems to have no good reason for being the way it is, refrain from ridicule and have a discussion. You just may be surprised by what you learn.