“Presentational sequences are arbitrary. Hierarchies are typically spurious. Boundaries of fields are arbitrary. Compartmentalized and stratified teaching produces compartmentalized and stratified minds.”—Ted Nelson
Proprietary software is like high-heels: while harder to walk in, you should be free to wear them; conversely, you might well look askance at organizations that make these things a condition of employment and at a society with little awareness that there are other options.
Much reconciliation, learning, forgiveness; no regret.
With Kindness, one can be courageous.
With Simplicity, one can be generous.
With Humbleness, one can be the lead to provide guidance.—Tao Te Ching
Our two best theories, quantum mechanics and general relativity, feel quite strange to most people; however, I expect that if we build a truly space-faring civilization in the future, these things will be as familiar to children as arithmetic.
“Many words lead to exhaustion. It is better to center on the true essence within.”—Tao Te Ching
People who shield their ideas from criticism leave their civilization vulnerable, people who open their ideas to criticism protect their civilization.
Imagine if the “file recovery” dialogue were in real life; if your brain said “Unsaved anger and resentment found. Would you like to recover these feelings?” I hope to be able to click “NO.” But don’t forget that being angry for more than a moment is to continually click “YES.”
If you can only think about issues in one dimension, you’ll likely be wrong about most things, while having the feeling of logical consistency.