[VOID] Into the sixth power circle.

Dave Long dl@silcom.com
Mon, 10 Dec 2001 11:56:23 -0800

(On a circle, do we speak of "phase-shifting the lede"?)

> I will never align with another mercenary again as long as I can help it.
> I will aspire to only align with the chaplains, preachers, evangelists,
> missionaries, cultists, and believers.

Do not lie, cheat, or steal,
nor tolerate those who do.

> The problem of course is that everyone *thinks* they're on the Good
> Side.

Liars believe their Good is
more important than truth;
cheaters believe their Good
more important than justice;
thieves, equity.

>        Very few people have the fortitude, the courage, the understanding,
> the psychological makeup, and the belief beyond reason it takes to find
> the Absolute Goods in the Universe worth killing or dying for.  I'm not
> certain what they are; I'm just certain, beyond reason, that they're there.

I am blinded by reason, and am
not so sure there are Absolute
Goods beyond those we create.

Would I kill or die?  Yes, but
over relative goods.  I find it
far easier to be an asshole for
concrete concerns than abstract.

Supposing there is an absolute
good, trumping all else, allows
the liars, cheats, and thieves
to justify their actions.

But then again, supposing there
are no goods also does.  I lied.
I have trouble giving up truth,
beauty, and justice.

> I'm fairly certain that Good Design is an Absolute Good.

Like truth, beauty, and justice,
good design is a singular point
which can be reached from many

First, approximate the good as a
sphere.  (Adam, use 2-spheres)
Measure "goodness" as distance
from the center of the sphere.

Note that there are always fewer
possible changes that increase
goodness than those that don't,
but we can get to the center by
applying a succession of them.

>                                             "To design something really
> well, you have to get it.  You have to really grok what it's all about.
> It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand
> something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don't
> take the time to do that."  Amen, brother Jobs, amen.

Most people don't, as our culture
(unlike the one which gave us the
University) doesn't value that; we
prefer the quick bus[iy]ness of

Montaigne on efficient time-motion:
> What, shall I run while shitting?

When one is far away from the center,
it is easy to move closer; nearly half
of the possible changes do so.  Once
one gets close to the center, it is
very difficult to move closer; almost
all of the possible changes move away.

If one lets markets determine one's
ends, opportunity costs cross over,
and it's time to move on to swallow
something else, not to chew.  Only
the chaplains, preachers, evangelists,
missionaries, cultists, and believers
will bother chewing and taking naps.