Saturday, August 24, 2013

Our Daily Bread ... From Whence Does It Come?

I believe wholeheartedly in the KISS method.

Keep it simple, stupid, is a great way to break down things to their simple essence.

That enables me to "get a better reality" and that's the basic idea underlying understanding, problem solving and recognition.

Recognition comes first. KISS rules apply.

Notable & Quotable employs KISS in explaining the appropriate respective roles of government and individuals in creating a better reality for our everyday lives:

"Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset, "The Revolt of the Masses" (1929):

My thesis, therefore, is this: the very perfection with which the 19th century gave an organization to certain orders of existence has caused the masses benefited thereby to consider it, not as an organized, but as a natural system.

Thus is explained and defined the absurd state of mind revealed by these masses; they are only concerned with their own well-being, and at the same time they remain alien to the cause of that well-being.

As they do not see, behind the benefits of civilization, marvels of invention and construction which can only be maintained by great effort and foresight, they imagine that their role is limited to demanding these benefits peremptorily, as if they were natural rights.

In the disturbances caused by scarcity of food, the mob goes in search of bread, and the means it employs is generally to wreck the bakeries. This may serve as a symbol of the attitude adopted, on a greater and more complicated scale, by the masses of today towards the civilization by which they are supported."

Summing Up

And so it is.

The fundamentals never change.

Only our willingness over time to see things as they are and why they are that way.

Thanks. Bob.

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