20 Features- 20 Bugs (of human nature)
Wed, Jan 2, 2008
In the analysis of history, Hegel once said that a proposition is not true because the opposite is false. True must be able to remain true when the exact opposite is also true.
Anyway, logic propositions of this kind can remain irrefutable or generate infinite amounts of discussion just because they are not attached to any particular circumstance.
Try contrasting them with the world and you'll see surprising results.
Abolish death, for example...
Other of the clearer examples could be illness vs. health.
The broader view sees processes of illness and health that regulate and sustain life.
Health is now seen as an asset that permits us to achieve what we are determined to achieve, what would be lack of mental health for a fireman, might turn into increased sensibilty for a writer or a thinker of any kind.
Some of the brightests minds of any generation have been "diseased" from birth to death.
Get rid of them?
To dichotomize is not just to discriminate opposites, it is to imply that in no way they overlap.
In some cases the reduction is so gross that it isolates ideas, preventing them to be understood from their genealogies to their concecuences on other ideas.
Knowledge is a cocktail, a soup.
Ignorance is not the opposite to inteligence.
Beneath it all, I see a not so subtle flavor of good vs. evil.
One of the most dangerous ideas we, as a species have come up with.
I think that for primal societies in the desert, any foreigner must have seemed a bit of a bug, for example. Many things that could be seen as a problem, an obstacle, a "bug" as you call it, at any given moment, may prove to be "features" if we look at things from above.
"A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it."