[T]his lesson about art, vision, and time goes far beyond art history. It serves as a master lesson in the value of critical attention, patient investigation, and skepticism about immediate surface appearances. I can think of few skills that are more important in academic or civic life in the twenty-first century.
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Because of the word "patience" in the title, I was drawn to read the article. Over the last several months I have been developing a list of traits and states that indicate the level of cognitive development at which a person is operating, both as a party and as a mediator. If there is a mismatch between the levels of a party or parties and the mediator, the quality and productiveness of the conflict resolution has a good chance of being low unless the mediator recognizes and works with the disparity. One of the factors on my list is patience.
Appreciation of photography—and being a photographer—also require patience. That's one reason I sometimes blog about contemplative photography and about receiving pictures, not taking or capturing them. The processes of art appreciation and photography can be valuable lessons in mediation (and meditation). As anthropologist Catherine Allerton says, "Photography...is the result of a patient, observant process." Isn't reflective and effective mediation, too?