Archive for July, 2011

“I met Walton for the first time in the mid 1990s while he was pursuing a B. Arch degree at Roger Williams University. At that time I was Director of the Historic Preservation Program in the School of Architecture. Much ahead of the crowd, Walton understood the fragility of the natural world, and the responsibility we all have to live with it and not on it. The rest of the architecture world begins to catch up with him, but he was something of a pioneer. Walton is one of the most interesting and enjoyable people I’ve had the privilege in knowing over a teaching career reaching forty years.”


from a recommendation letter by ~ Michael R. H. Swanson Ph. D.

Professor of History and American Studies

Roger Williams University

Bristol, RI 02809



Direction vs Perfection

Direction vs Perfection


For me Life should be more about direction, than perfection. I say ‘should’ because I often do get hung up on relative perfection. I say ‘relative’ perfection to clarify the desire to make something as flawless as possible, as opposed to archetypal Platonic perfection. ‘Direction’ is obviously a metaphor for life purpose (not travel orientation).


I have intense drives both for direction, perfection, and the desire to not be a hypocrite. Despite these drives, the suffering of life forces me to compromise. My heroes all have some traits which can be perceived as flaws, and even make them hypocritical in some ways. And my interests, needs, actions, and desires often have contradicting aspects to them. So now you know I am talking about reality.


So for me to be generally happy, I have a general direction in my life towards art, architecture, and environmentalism. I am content to try to make things better, as opposed to making them perfect by objective standards; because practicing perfectionism to me means never being content. My directions, on the other hand, allow for distractions, contradictions, and errors; because directions are ways of life, careers, goals, quests, ethics, and other complex ideals or theories.