Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Better Lever

"I think we are familiar with the phenomenon. I wonder if a 2D diagram might help us visualize it with a view to producing a better outcome."

She stepped up to the white board and drew a lever in equilibrium and tried annotating elements in it with labels of the seemingly orchestrated confusion that so confounded their efforts.

Cowered masses on one side of the fulcrum. Shouted propaganda emanating from a few on the other. Though in balance, the number of folks on each side were vastly different.

The illusion of balance, perception?

To be honest, he had to admit to himself, this was more about a perception of terror he had experienced more than once. And through this lens, he observed national politics, territorial social squabbles and even the workings of his own mind.

Studying the lens over a period of years, that is the part that is new. Very different than watching and ruminating to the point of exhaustion the light bending effects of said lens on his and their sense of worthiness.

Free will, its enough to scare the livin' daylights out of him. Just him? Doubtful. It is a matter of degree, one suspects.

© 2012 Buzz Hill

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