Friday Philosophy: Looking back at the present

The WeaveMothers agreed with a request to vibrate a string.  They were whole as well as individual.

Maybe the unit would understand.

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Imagine a future.  In my future, you would choose a good one, one good for coexistence on this planet as long as we all have to live here.  

See if you can act so as to turn reality towards that future.  Plan.  Create or discover the necessary resources.  Shape a scheme.  

Set up the dominoes, as many as you can build, and try to find the words that will generate the change you seek.  You will undoubtedly fail.  Analyze feedback.  Loop.  Hope for convergence.  Better yet, design for it.

    [Have I mentioned I once took a class in Optimal Control Theory (feedback control and system stability)?  Probably not.  Ordinary differential equations.  Linear and non-linear systems.  And I taught linear programming many times over the years.  I believe all knowledge gained is to be used, even for purposes for which it was not initially intended.  And everything happens for a reason.  Including my education.  Even my signing up for that course on a whim.

    It dawns on me that this is part of the reason I sometimes have gotten annoyed at lack of feedback.  Feedback loops work  better when there is more accurate feedback.]

Repeat over and over again, adding to the resources, revising the plans, changing arenas as necessary.  Alter the initial conditions somehow.  See if I can find the words to to start the dominoes knocking each other over.

Do what I can do.  Incite, maybe even inspire, other people to do things which will add to what I can do.

Then do more.

If nothing else, maybe set an example.  Inspire someone else to imagine that future, so that maybe it could be kept alive.

I wonder sometimes if anyone will be there to keep this hope alive.  And wonder if some day change in the trajectory of reality will be achieved in an amount sufficient to converge to that future.

What else is a human being meant to do?

As the teacher once said,

We seek to fling our students, like peas, into the future.

A better future…and with the hope those students will pull the present towards that future.  And with hope that we have had more students than we realize.

Rapidly would be nice.  I struggle with impatience sometimes.


Relative Size

Small Moments

I am not John Chapman

But I’d be honored

if some of my words

were the seeds

for someone like him

If history

has taught me anything

it is that

it will not be me

who can spread those words

and the thoughts they express

It takes someone like you

rather than someone like me

All I can do is

interact with you

make a minor adjustment

in those small moments

that make change possible

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–June 6, 2008

This unit thinks she understands your message.  I will attempt to vibrate accordingly.

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This unit thinks she understands your message.  I will attempt to vibrate accordingly.

“This may have happened before,” vibrated a WeaveMother.

“Or it may not,” came a response.  “Perhaps that event was this one.”

The WeaveMothers pondered.

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In some future WhereWhen happentracks were minutely altered as the locomotive changed direction.  The Greataway was vast and held a nearly infinite number of possibilities.

The Listener waited for the Tale to continue.  Creation myths had always been a favorite.  Co-creation was even more fun, what with reality twisting and all.

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A WeaveMother became aware of the passing of the train.  The Greataway was vast indeed, with even enough room for it to converge now and again.

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Millions of intricate moves.

We live in an occupied country, misunderstood;

justice will take us millions of intricate moves.

–William Stafford, from Thinking for Berky

How better could I spend my time?

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    • Robyn on June 7, 2008 at 12:04 am
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  1. but change?

    • Robyn on June 7, 2008 at 12:45 am
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    …doesn’t go far, just to the Recent Essays List.  Where one goes from there is up to the reader, I suppose.

  2.  butterfly

    Every breath is a prayer

    Every movement is part of the larger dance, as long as you don’t think about each movement too much…and instead

    simply dance

    OTOH


    • Alma on June 7, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Feedback loops work  better when there is more accurate feedback

    when ones brain runs in 10 directions at once, and sometimes (lots of times) looses track of the original idea, or meaning ….. but I’ll try.  😉

  3. some of the stuff I use to make a living.  

    Feedback can be stabilizing or destabilizing.  The feedback of a microphone too close to a speaker is “positive feedback” in the mathematical sense.  It’s funny that in mathematics, negative feedback is the good one, the stabilizing one, and positive feedback leads to instability and system breakdown.

    But feedback is much better than “open loop” control, just choosing strategies based on a pre-tabulated set of possible actions.  You have to look at your state and choose an action accordingly.  Much more robust to uncertainty and perturbation.

    Jesus H. Christ on a flexible structure… I need a drink.

    Thanks, as always, Robyn for a coupla great contributions today.

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