Of Politics and Policies

29 Feb

Adaptability is the key to survival in the long-run, dogma opposes adaptation. Every living organism adapts to a changing environment or perishes. We the people often change the environment to fit our needs, and it works… in the short run, and then realities catch up with us.
The ability to adapt is crucial in almost every aspect of our life. “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is a neanderthal way of thinking. I fact the neanderthals must have had it as a motto. For thousands of years they used a stone knife that   had a point and some sharp edges, and it worked. The one-piece stone knife was never developed to more than that. After all, it was not “broke”. And then the homo sapiens came to the neighborhood and added a stick to the stone knife, and the spear was created;  the axe and the arrow were soon to  follow. The neanderthals have perished, but some of there genes are still with us, and the state of this here “man’s world” is the proof of that.
The “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” philosophy practically drove the American auto industry to extinction, and it was only drastic reform and change that saved it. The ability to revise one’s beliefs, as fundamental as they may be, is a strength, and sometimes it is the only thing to do.

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”
–Abraham Lincoln

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3 Responses to “Of Politics and Policies”

  1. volkwitch February 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Like the quote and use of the Neanderthal as a metaphor for dogmatic thinking.

  2. volkwitch February 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Amnon, this is what James had to say about your blog on Facebook:
    “Wow just read Amnon’s blog.The man is very deep and very accurate in his way of thinking.”

    • Matt Kim-Perek March 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

      deep? This is not even the surface of Amnons depth.. Wait until he starts about fractals…

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