Monday, June 26, 2006

how we seperate.

when we think that the universe is made of bits of things and not all a part of one thing it becomes easier and easier to think in terms of seperation. the fearful person creates ever more complex and smaller and more seperate little bits of things and makes rules and regulations to govern and seperate these bits. pretty soon there are huge industries of rules and regulations governing tiny bits created by fearful people so that we can`t do anything in case something might happen.
and there are, of course, people who can tell you the statistical likelyhood of something happening to these precious bits of things. so we`d better just not do what we want to do so that the bits of things will be safe.
the bits have become more important than we are.

5 comments:

Allison said...

Reminds me of this, from 'Children of Dune':

Mentat Handbook

Above all else, the Mentat must be a generalist, not a
specialist. It is wise to have decisions of great moment
monitored by generalists. Experts and specialists lead you
quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit
picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma. The Mentat-
generalist, on the other hand, should bring to decision-
making a healthy common sense. He must not cut himself off
from the broad sweep of what is happening in this universe.
He must remain capable of saying: "There's no real mystery
about this at the moment. This is what we want now. It may
prove wrong later, but we'll correct that when we come to
it." The Mentat-generalist must understand that anything
which we can identify as our universe is merely part of
larger phenomena. But the expert looks backward; he looks
into the narrow standards of his own specialty. The
generalist looks outward; he looks for living principles,
knowing full well that such principles change, that they
develop. It is to the characteristics of change itself that
the Mentat-generalist must look. There can be no permanent
catalogue of such change, no handbook or manual. You must
look at it with as few preconceptions as possible, asking
yourself: "Now what is this thing doing?”
-The Mentat Handbook

http://students.uat.edu/petkopal/children.html#mentat

dr.alistair said...

precisely. we live in a society of experts. it will get to the point where you will need a licence to parent a child or walk a dog or throw a frisbee.

dr.alistair said...

preconceptions. these are the things that we live and die by. some of the things we preconcieve are valid and true and therefore functional in our life........but some are not and therefore a poor basis for an arguement.

Allison said...

Specialists are needed to perform certain jobs, but when you have a specialist trying to do the job of a generalist, you might as well have your finger, or elbow joint, try to run your whole body. There just isn't the awareness or capability there. It's a ridiculous image really, but.. have you seen some of the people in power? Ridiculous indeed...

dr.alistair said...

that is the nature of political power. it is the domain of tyrants and usurpers.
my advice is to just look away and focus on the joy in existance, otherwise it is the entanglement that leads to obssession and compulsion. and it isn`t only some of those in power..........