"Falls the shadow... between conception and creation." T.S. Eliot, in "The Hollow Men"
"Trying is the first step to failure." Homer Simpson
I came across the terms "Gulf of Execution" and "Gulf of Evaluation" the other day. These were originally discussed in the context of human-computer interaction and user interface design by Donald Norman in 1986. Broadly, the gulf of execution is the gap between a user's goal and the means to execute that goal (from wikipedia). The gulf of evaluation is the psychological gap that that must be crossed to interpret the response of the system/world to one's actions (from wikipedia).
|The Gulf of Execution and the Gulf of Evaluation|
And out of the womb I think that we are creatures of action. We have to be. We act, get feedback from the world, and correct if necessary.
Kind of obvious, but an interesting lens through which to simmer on these concepts.