What careful observation brings to our lives

There is hardly an area of life today where we don't find observers—watchers of politics, of the economy, of social trends, of the entertainment industry. These people, and others, tell us what they see and what they think through their newspaper columns, newsletters, and talk shows.

It's natural for us to look to such observers for a perspective or depth of knowledge that we might not have ourselves. It's a way of expanding our own view. I had a very interesting conversation recently with a woman who helps legislators in her state by carefully watching and analyzing proposed legislation. I was very appreciative that she gave me a view of a part of her world—the legislative process and experience in her state—that I didn't have.

October 23, 1995

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