November 2001 Issue

Going Up, Going Down

In a wild four-minute ride, the pilot couldn’t get the airplane established on instruments

There’s a classic children’s story in which a little train says “I think I can, I think I can” – and lo and behold, it can. The power of mind over body is ably summed up in the tale, as it is in cliches such as “when there’s a will, there’s a way.”

But who’s fooling whom?

Sure, there are times when you can suck it up and get through whatever it is you have to get through. Who hasn’t had to work through a deadline or clear a fallen tree before dawn or pull an all-nighter through college? Sometimes you just have to do it.

But for every time you manage to endure the agony, there are countless times when you punt. With your exhaustion swaddling you like a Los Angeles smog, you wearily...

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