My Mission is a Crapshoot

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I am 99% powerless against the forces, around me…probably more.  I will confess that I blog here with the hope of making a difference.  It is human nature to want to help.  So, my desire to “help” in my world is an emotional decision (I put “help,” in quotes on purpose, I am always leery of those who want to “help” anyway regardless of their intention).  I don’t really know if my mind explosions will ever cause anybody to think differently.  At my current traffic count, there is little doubt that any effect I have will be sometime in the future (hopefully, the near rather than the distant).

However, as Justice Louis Brandeis is famously quoted, “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”  This is why I write, and write, and write.  I do it so we can divine truth together.  Unfortunately, communication is a two-part process: (1) message delivery and (2) message reception.  The message deliverer can be misunderstood.  A perfect example is my “sunlight” quote.  I am embarrassed to admit this, but it was well into my adulthood before I actually understood this quote meant more than its literal meaning (which, it seems is true:  sunlight literally could be considered a disinfectant, according to some scientific studies).  In fact, it is only today, through my own research, that I discovered that this quote emanates from Brandeis.  Some truth seeps in.

Is this how understanding spreads?

Is this how understanding spreads?

As you see, understanding takes effort.  My gut tells me that few are willing to expend the effort to understand.  One answer leads to five questions, and those lead to 25 more, etc.  Most don’t bother to continue with the quest, simply because they just don’t have the time.  It is not worth the marginal return to place deep understanding high in their priorities.  Most of us are intellectually lazy by necessity; we simply do not have time to linger on such things.  In contrast, I seem to arrange my life around this search for understanding.  I regrettably (or not) have neglected practical things in my life (like eating lunch for instance…sometimes I actually forget to eat lunch when I write) to pursue understanding; it very well may be my downfall.  My mind is insatiable, unfortunately; in fact, I do fear that it just might land me in an asylum some day.  Possibly not because I am insane, but rather because I am “weirdly” sane, and untrusted by the masses (who are typically delusional…my thanks to Charles MacKay, and his book “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”).

Too busy to understand?

Too busy to understand?

I will not drone on this time, I promise.  I certainly will do so in the future.  The bottom line is that I have little hope for a consensus of understanding.  Our dialogue here will likely not save anyone from tyranny, nor are the odds good that it will make anyone happier.

…but I do hope it will lead someone (myself included in the target audience) to truth, and this will catch on.

And for me truth begins in how a person should live.  First and foremost is that person should live free to choose EVERYTHING, so long as it does not interfere with the rights and choosing of another.  No person should be compelled by force from her property, or her way of life….and there begins liberty.  For sure, no person should be compelled by force to come to a certain way of thinking, they must be convinced.  I will save these matters for another day.

(Cover photo by Andreas Krappweis)

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The Difference Between Building and Destroying

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Destroying is easy, building is difficult.  The examples abound.  To kill a man is quite simple…all it would take is a powerful enough weapon…think of the game Clue:  revolver, rope, wrench, candlestick even!  On the other hand, to save a person is a much more complex thing.  It requires expertise in biology, an understanding of how the body works, the interconnectedness of all the systems.  To repair a body correctly usually requires a well-trained team.

Simple

Simple

Complex

Complex

Eating food is simple.  All you have to do is throw it down the gullet.  Poof, it is gone.  You’ve destroyed it.  To prepare a great meal is another thing.  You have to plan, to measure, and everything has to be timed.  For your meal to be a masterpiece, you must tend to every detail.  Building requires time and understanding.

Designing and creating a building of any type requires quite a bit of work.  You have to sit down with all of the engineering equations to figure if it will stand.  You have to consider form vs. function, and whether an artistic impression will be left with the inhabitants.  You have to consider all that the structure will be used for.  Then, you must hire a team of contractors and builders who work together to erect it.  In today’s world you need a team of lawyers and accountants, not to mention tax experts as well…you have to make sure everything is up to code.

On the other hand, isn’t destroying a building very simple?  You just blow it up with a giant bomb…poof, it is no longer a building, but a pile of rubble.  If it is wooden, it could be set alight with a match and a can of gasoline.  The building would then be ashes.  Destroying is simple.

Boom!

Boom!

Beware of simple solutions.  If something seems to good to be true, it probably is.  Something for nothing usually means somewhere, somebody is being destroyed.  Or possibly, you are being broken down in a ruse.  There are simple concepts that are helpful, but simple explanations often are a result of a failure to consider second and third order effects.

Slow down.  Take some time to consider whether your thoughts, your ideology, or your concept of reality is correct.  To build you must take time.  By being in a hurry you risk destroying.

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