The heart wants what the heart wants, and the heart wants to stay up all night long.
Facebook-economy conundrum: How many likes is a comment worth? How many to a share? Do you count likes on shared content as well? Do I give away more likes than I get? Am I a loser or a winner? Or do you even count likes? Do you only count shares? God! I think I’m a loser!
In literature, there is a concept called to place “a bear on the beach.”
The origin of the expression is said to come from a silent film where the director wanted a couple of lovers to kiss on a beach, but in order to keep the kiss scenes from being boring, the director cut in shots of a bear on the same beach. The audience waited breathlessly for the kissing couple to discover the bear.
At the doctor’s office
Doctor: We’ve found a shadow on your x-ray. We can’t be sure exactly what it is before we operate, and that operation will be painful, but there is a very high risk this is a malignant tumor. You could die!
Patient: What are we waiting for! Let’s act now!
At the IPCC
Scientist: We’ve found some very disturbing links between carbon dioxide emissions and temperature rise. We recommend immediate action, even if that action will be painful. Temperature rise is bad news and there is a very high risk that several hundreds of millions of people will die if we do nothing.
Politician: Let’s wait and see what happens.
Now swap the answers!
Do you trust a politician that has not been able to do what must be done when hundreds of millions of lives are at stake, but will (if they are wired like any sane person) risk suffering to save their own life?
If the black boxes almost always survive a crash why aren’t the whole airplane made of the same material?
Because then it wouldn’t be an airplane. It would be an entirely different type of vehicle.
In fact, this type:
A: I don’t give a damn about your problems! This must be delivered this week!
B punches A in the face.
A: What the hell are you doing?
B: You just gave me such an urge to jump in front of a train when you said that, so I acted in self-defense…
A: I don’t get UFO-skeptics. They seem to say we’ve never been visited by aliens from other planets… but hey! Mexicans!
B: They are from Mexico.
B: Mexico isn’t another planet.
A: It isn’t?!
So, I’m carving out my manifesto, but I’ve hit a snag: should I go for a millennial kingdom, a kingdom that lasts for 2000 years or just keep it eternal? 3000? 5000? How many millennials do you usually need?
(I wonder what StackExchange would do if I asked them that… :o)