Tuesday, January 12, 2010

At the Edge

Her friend asked, "He was climbing a mountain?". It, in turn, begged the question "Why ask such a thing." Literally it could be a reference to a document not long ago alluding to ... actually a number of documents on the subject of expectation and whether or not a given level of speculative interest was justified.

The thin air teaches conservation in the most primitive of terms. Sufficient air is not an option, scope of the mission is. Dynamic update of the mission scope, is it cheating or in any other way disingenuous? In training, no. In the mission ... maybe.

Pursuit of rigid hypotheses are often a waste of investigative resources. But there is much nuance in the definition of rigid. And if a definition is subject to a bias bering on its use?

When there is little air, focus (attention) to essentials is mandatory. The consequences are dire for indulging denial when the entire system is at risk. The value of such ventures that test limits is to discover what really is essential and to discover priority in a list of tasks.

This 'mountain', while formidable, could be thought of as practice in the sense that mastering it, for any reason, tests the validity of prioritizing patterns.

"Not a mountain, the high steppe that surrounds our presumed destination."

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