Crabbing

You won’t believe it. Grey hair, my age, I started taking flying lessons recently. Do you know what my flying instructor told me? If you are starting here, and you wish to get here, say east… and you have a crosswind, you will drift… So you have to do what we pilots call crabbing… You have to head for north of this airfield, and you have to fly that way… If you are heading here above this airfield, then you will actually land [on the airfield]… This holds also for man, I would say. If we take man as he really is, we make him worse, but if we overestimate him… we promote him to what he really can be. So we have to be idealists because then we wind up as the true realists.

A recent email conversation with Tom reminded me of this fantastic clip from a lecture Viktor Frankl gave in Toronto.