I saw this paragraph in an email this morning:
The truth is I am not crazy about horses. They bite and kick and horse stables smell pretty bad.
Also, whenever I am on a horse, it never does what I tell it to.
I thought, “Yes, they do. Horses do exactly what you tell them to do (much of the time). The trouble is, you have to speak in language they understand, not language you think they ought to understand.”
It’s actually pretty remarkable that dogs and cats and horses understand us as well as they do; they’re all receiving in ESL. They certainly understand my intent better than I understand their messages, most of the time. (I’m pretty good about “dinner, now?” and “car ride!”)
It struck me, after the fourth attempt to get the resleyed warp right (correct) in the reed and heddles, that my loom is much the same way. It does exactly what I tell it to.
Not what I want it to do.
What I set it up and direct it to do.