Taken: Beijing. July 2010. At the Confucius Temple.
If I ever have children, the first thing they will learn (okay, first useful social act [as opposed to survival skills]) is to ask for what they want. Not because they would then get it. And not because they would then learn to experience failure. Because they have to learn the math.
Probability. It's all in the probability. Thinking up possibilities (limited in this case to what one could want) is knowing one's desires which is good (it is always good to know what one wants) but manipulating the odds of getting what one wants... that is a skill and could be even artfully so if done well and with pride.