The thought process can never be complete without articulation."The Stand"
He smiles a lot. But I think there might be worms inside him making him smile."The Stand"
Die Freundschafft, die der Wein gemacht,
Würckt wie der Wein, nur eine Nacht.
In Gefahr und grosser Noth
Bringt der Mittel-Weg den Tod.
Sich selbselbsten überwinden ist der allerschwerste Krieg;
Sich selbselbsten überwinden ist der allerschönste Sieg.
No community is easier to govern than one that rejects the very concept of community."The Dark Tower"
What happens in the leadup to war is that government officials make claims about the enemy, and then those claims appear in newspapers (“U.S. officials say Saddam poses an imminent threat”) and then in the public consciousness, the “U.S. officials say” part disappears, so that the claim is taken for reality without ever really being scrutinized. This happens because newspapers are incredibly irresponsible and believe that so long as you attach “Experts say” or “President says” to a claim, you are off the hook when people end up believing it, because all you did was relay the fact that a person said a thing, you didn’t say it was true. This is the approach the New York Times took to Bush administration allegations in the leadup to the Iraq War, and it meant that false claims could become headline news just because a high-ranking U.S. official said them.
We are humans, living in a human society, with human values and purposes, and the associated processes and conflicts, at every point of social scale. Furthermore, we are a process, with a past and an unguessable future, at every point of social scale.
It is patently an act of incredible destruction to increasingly, globally and inescapably “control” important domains of human lives, relationships and society with extremely superficial centralized mathematical models of what humanity is.
There will be unintended consequences. They will be horrifying, and we may not even grasp what we've lost.