" We have to cure ourselves of the notion that we are authoritarian, that we can determine everything that happens; we have to rely on others and shape the process in the best way possible...I was taught not to be a loser, not to be somebody who just gives up in a fight..."
I am amazed by how Libeskind has defended this belief of his with strong comparisons of Optimism vs Pessimism, Hands vs Computer, Communicative vs Mute, Risky vs Safe and a few more of my favorite takes on life and architecture too.
Thanks for the comment Rukhsana. I think Libeskind's optimism allows him to persuade others to get on board with what he's doing, as opposed to succumbing to externalities. He's a brilliant designer, but in some ways he's more a brilliant salesman. That's a skill that many architects never acquire, the ability to inspire others by what you're doing. The trick is to use that skill to pursue a better architectural agenda, which I think he does quite well.