Confucius said we gain wisdom in one of three ways: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. I agree with the imitation bit. However, I'd like to think we do best of all when we combine the other two and truly reflect on our experience. And perhaps that is what Rice Survivor and this blog is all about. And it is why I admire the Rice Survivors. They are willing to risk embarrassment, failure, and even success in the spirit of learning. I'm grateful to each of them for letting me listen in and record their journey. The journey begins, oddly enough, in a conference room where they meet for the first time and try to decide just how they will measure what counts as survival.