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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