Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the

  assignment below.

  I do not feel terrible about my mistakes, though I grieve the pain they have

  sometimes caused others. Our lives are “experiments with truth,” and in an

  experiment negative results are at least as important as successes. I have no idea how I

  would have learned the truth about myself and my calling without the mistakes I have


  Adapted from Parker Palmer, “Let Your Life Speak”

  Assignment: Is it necessary to make mistakes, even when doing so has

  negative consequences for other people? Plan and write an essay in which you develop

  your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples

  taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.