I’ve pondering the following sketch today… The boxes are nouns, the lines are verbs. There are three feedback loops. The “natural systems” loop is the only one that would exist if there were no sentient beings capable of affecting the universe. Decisions anchor the role of rational and sentient beings … Continue reading
“If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.” – Henry Kissinger An ongoing ponder is the role of leadership and purpose in the human experience. A purpose is a desired future state; also known as an objective. Purpose appears to be a very important … Continue reading
If you are a leader, you have one job and only one job and that’s to provide a purpose. If you are a manager, you have one job and only one job and that’s to remove the barriers that keep the team from achieving the purpose. If you are a … Continue reading
Some things just happen. They’re no one’s fault. There are no specific actions that could have been taken to avoid them. Sometimes life just sucks. When I see this I remind myself to not “argue with physics”. Physics isn’t good or bad, it just is. This reminder can help to bring my attention back to things I can influence.
Note that I’m not timid about what I believe I can influence. These things require the focused application of time, energy and insight. If you learn about what people have accomplished and are accomplishing then you know that we have an enormous amount of influence. We should not be timid, but we should insightfully and efficiently choose where we’re going to spend our time and energy. This is wisdom and it’s worth a lifetime of study and practice.
… nor am I a conservative. If you need to give me a label I prefer “Progressive”, but be certain you know what I mean when I say that. Continue reading
Understanding the current political insanity is helped by understanding the broader forces in play. This post by Gail Tverberg is helpful. Continue reading
Surprisingly, I’ve never written about Aesthetic Mechanical Pragmatism (AMP) before. AMP is a system for interacting with the universe, Continue reading
The picture at right is a view of Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil from my hotel window. While I can’t see it, I know that there are people… Continue reading
I need to continually remind myself to avoid being certain any more of than is absolutely necessary for day-to-day survival. Continue reading
There are two related principles that seem to be broadly true… Continue reading