Bishop's Blog: Upstream, downstream

Relativity was keenly evident. When for a moment one ceased paddling, it seemed for all the world as though our vessels were standing completely still. Look down at the water’s surface and all seemed stationary. Look ahead, downstream, and no forward movement was apparent. Look right, to the far riverbank, and no progress was evident at all. But then look left, to the bank close at hand, and the trees were simply flying by. By force of current alone, we were moving along at a good clip. I wonder how often in other ways progress towards distant goals is imperceptible, when in fact the movement is significant. I am reminded to look for it.

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