On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM, S. Massy <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
I don't think this is necessarily about "young" vs. "mature" thinking; I
think this has more to do with being a rational thinker vs. being a
dreamer (not an anarchist, necessarily). I believe a society or
community needs both in order to evolve in a meaningful direction.
i mostly agree .... but ... its very easy when you're young to find the energy to drive changes forward, to come up with (what seem like) new ideas. the problem is that its much harder when you're young to be aware when your new ideas are actually old ideas that didn't work, or when the changes you propose will have subtle side effects that negate the benefits you were imagining. by the time you gain this perspective, for the most part, the energy has diminished and the apparently new ideas are in short supply.
its clearly necessary to inject new energy into the system. the ongoing dilemma of any organized society is how to harness the wellsprings of new ideas with the wisdom of experience to create (cultural) changes that actually improve things over some time scale. its a very hard problem. we don't want the irrational exhuberance of the visionary to dominate over the insight of the rationalist, but we also don't want the cynicism and momentum/inertia of the rationalist to inhibit the visionaries.
put differently, its moog versus buchla, but we want urs heckman to win :)
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