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December 27, 2009

Knights often interpret problems as requiring Knight solutions; Gardeners often interpret problems as requiring Gardener solutions. Flexibility, however, is often required.

Gardeners often realize that Knight approaches are necessary to guard a Garden, like the structures and rules provided by 12-step programs to treat alcohol or drug addictions, or classroom discipline techniques needed to facilitate education. Knights often realize that Gardener approaches are necessary to win a military campaign, like the medical, counseling, and family services soldiers need.

Gardeners will also act as a Knight for short periods in order to grow or protect a larger Garden. In 1898, construction of a bridge over the Tsavo River as part of the Kenya-Uganda Railway was halted while the construction crew was being hunted by two man-eating lions the crew nicknamed “The Ghost” and “The Darkness.” The two lions, each over nine feet long, killed a total of about 135 workers. After months of attempts, bridge architect Lt. Col. John Henry Paterson killed the two lions, narrowly escaping death during the second hunt. Paterson, a professional architect, remained a Gardener through the ordeal because his main motive was not to kill the lions, but to build the railroad.

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