New again

8 thoughts on “New again”

  1. Nice pick, Susan. They sure are! Who wuldda thunk it? 9/11. Trump and 1/6/20. Putin. Covid. Mass shootings of children. Climate change. The iPhone. GPS. The internet. D-day.

    I’ve always been fascinated by history, and no more so than now. Also cosmology and the meaning of it all, if, that is, there is any meaning to it all. I am increasingly convinced that the nature of nature is randomness. Engineers call it stochastic behavior, which now seems to be the character of quantum dynamics. In other words, the butterfly effect. Parallel worlds. Anything you can imagine can happen, it’s all a matter of probability. Votes actually matter. There’s an ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times!” I think it’s both blessing and curse. I don’t want to die, I want to see what happens.

    1. I do believe in the butterfly effect and it can be fascinating to see it in action. As for randomness in nature, I’m not so sure. Evolution and adaptation are certainly not random; they’re very deliberate and purposeful, if one can say that about nature. On the other hand, there’s the infinite monkey theorem. Adapting to change has never been my forte and while on the one hand I’d like to stick around and see what happens, on the other I’m sometimes glad I won’t be around. Depends on my mood.

    1. Either he was prescient, or we just keep doing the same old things, what goes around comes around, human nature, yada yada. I hope that means better times will come again because I really don’t like where we are now.

  2. Most appropriate but scarily so. I, too, have mixed feelings, wanting to see what happens and other times thinking I might prefer to be spared the experience. Still, will I muster the oomph to keep challenging what must be challenged?

    1. All we can do is all we can do, for as long as we can. I hate that our grandchildren think this is the way the world is. I hope we can show them it doesn’t always have to be this way.

... and that's my two cents