Philosophical Observations 13
Under bondage the people are driven back into spiritual faith. Under spiritual faith the people regain their courage. With great courage a people can secure their liberty. Under liberty the people will often prosper, leading to abundance. Abundance and prosperity will often create a more powerful elite class through selfishness. While the momentum of abundance remains, the people become complacent. Complacency always leads to apathy, which is where we are now. As the population becomes more and more apathetic the abundance is siphoned into the elite class causing the people to become more dependent. We are entering this stage. When the population becomes completely dependent on the elite, they go back into bondage.
When a good king reigns the people rejoice but when a bad king reigns the people mourn. It is unfortunate that bad kings are far more common.
Are you seeking power? The greatest power is in giving, not taking.
The linear progression of a fractal system is an illusion. We superimpose a linear logical structure to a chaotic system and what comes out is paradoxes and approximations.
Computational geometry and the translation of meaning across domains. I am not looking for the answers, I'm looking for the questions. The consciousness of humanity is networked together in a domain that we do not have direct access to.
Self narrative drives emotional health. When we tell ourselves lies about who we are, we expect others to reinforce our narrative and when they fail to do this, it creates strong emotional currents. This is one reason why being humble is a healthy life style. An honest assessment of who we are will give us a form of immunity from most of the drama. On the other side of this coin is the potential for manipulation. Reinforcing another person's narrative can be persuasive.
Our personality is shaped by our environment. This is why it is so important not to allow yourself to get tangled up in a toxic environment. You are not required to give others permission to provoke you. Some form of appropriate push-back may be necessary. However, if the situation continues unabated, you should remove yourself from that environment. Life is too short.
Assessing and shaping interpersonal dynamics is essential in the health of any organization.
The aristocracy find it quite amusing that the rabble are so often seen fighting over scraps, when they themselves have so craftily taken everything of value. The haughty posturing of these elite betrays an arrogance so remarkable that only the grim reaper could wake them out of their stupor. Time is the enemy and all of this other stuff is just distractions.
The path is, in a very real sense, a collection of choices.
Time is a process of imprecise association.
Information has many qualities such as velocity, density etc. but meaning is always a network of relationships.
Building a foundation of understanding. The purpose of an education is to build a foundation upon which all new information emerges however, this foundation is often very shaky. Let's say we lay a foundation onto which we construct scaffolding to better understand the structure we have anchored it to. We may discover over time that we have inadvertently placed this scaffolding on the shady side and if we had taken a moment to step back and look, we could have saved ourselves an awful lot of effort and moved to the sunny side earlier.
Metaphors give substance to abstractions.
Level 1. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. There is an illusion of control here, you have the fish and he is dependent.
Level 2. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life, or until the source is exhausted.
Level 3. Teach a man to care for and harvest a fishery and you feed him and his descendants, as long as the fishery holds out, or until it is overrun and destroyed by others or is taken away.
Level 4. Integrate everyone, everywhere, and teach them to care for their community and their environment, without the exploitation and destruction that comes from not completely understanding the system and our impact upon it.
Politics is a bunch of people getting together to disagree on just about everything.
The perpetual war as an economic engine; there is great profit in war, elite bankers often fund both sides. Toxic behavior at this level is not sustainable, in fact, it is suicidal.
You may be spending too much time in autopilot. What percentage of your social interaction is motivated by convention, ritual and routine? Why do we do this, lazy habit, etiquette, or maybe some agenda. Whatever the reason, consider this, value driven behavior is always better than ego driven behavior. Don't let your self narrative drive your behavior. Live your life as an artful expression. Like music, the highs and lows are there for a reason.
In any sufficiently complex system, it is impossible to know what the ends will be, so the means become all important.
You can't escape stupid, stupid will follow you to your grave.
The idea that people only work just hard enough to keep from getting fired and companies only pay just enough to keep people from quitting is seriously flawed. These behaviors are part of a continuum, hopefully a small part and over time, you would expect these companies to fall by the wayside. There is something called the "Darwin award" for people that are so dumb that they take themselves out of the gene pool. We need a "toxic culture" award to illustrate this problem.
We cannot create robust economies unless we understand what drives behavior. Being a relatively new science, we have a long way to go. For instance, if we could predict stock market movements, the new information would create behaviors that would change the system in unpredictable ways.
A great idea has energy. The idea branches out into the landscape and is absorbed by the actors, as this happens the idea gains momentum and expression. A really great idea can have so much energy that it becomes unstoppable. There is only one question. What is the idea?
The social contract is a contract for a lasting peace, not perpetual war.
If a system is sufficiently complex, all we can do is tweak the parameters, run it in real time, and watch what happens. Immortality does not necessarily need to be static but it must include some form of harmonious relationship. Did God have a choice in creating the universe? If He took a static law which is perfect and applied a dynamic principle to it., this generating set would create meaning and values that are precise and in the end would not be a zero sum game.
The great architect is a supplanter or imposter working with material that has already been created. The Great Composer creates something that did not exist before and by his own breath spoke the universe into existence as a grand piece of music.