This note came from a reader with whom I was discussing shelter staff who champion the idea that some killing is fine, so long as it represents a decrease in killing over time. I thought her response was a gem worth sharing:
They lack…that certain spark. The can-do attitude of “Why, we can put the show on right here!” that inspires people and leads to creative problem-solving. I suspect that it’s very frustrating for them. They’re Spock trying to be Kirk. Probably frustrating as hell for the people around them, too.
But you can see where that would lead to the “baby steps” attitude.
I wish I’d written that.