[FoRK] Re: An armed society... (freakin' Canada.)
<lionkimbro at gmail.com> on
Wed Sep 19 11:49:59 PDT 2007
On 9/17/07, Tom Higgins <tomhiggins at gmail.com> wrote:
> Good points. Another point to rememeber is no how much linguistically
> gymnastics you throw at the problem all societies and civilizations
> eventually crumble, some with less damage than other some with way more of a
> residual nastiness... but they all go bye bye.
> Just as trends seem to be moving in and out with an ever closing cycle so
> too maybe societies will do the same spin spin orbit orbit .
> point to point point observation....
I have two responses to this.
1. Cycles (sine, cosine) do not describe either my own emotional walks,
my own life, or (I venture) the motions of societies.
MeatballWiki ( http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl ) has tried many
times to document the "Lifecycle of a wiki."
( http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?WikiLifeCycle )
It hasn't really worked. It's because there is no predictable life-cycle
to wikis. There are just identifiable patterns.
I see no smooth clock describing ebbs and flows in history.
Which leads to my next point:
2. Systems that are so complex that they can't be predicted,
can be said to make "choices," when they stabilize on something.
I think that we have a choice here.
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