Jack Saturday

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Invisible Hand


  • So how are we to go about giving the invisible hand the bionic handshake?

    Would seem akin to the fabled task of belling the cat.

    By Blogger Lorraine, at 12:58 PM  

  • Hi Lorraine:

    That is the big question.

    1. I think Dorothy (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Chapter 9, The Queen of the Field Mice) might report an option: there are billions of mice, hundreds of cats.

    2. Tommy Douglas, a countryman of mine, takes it from there:

    3. A guy who wanted to write but only produced crap, had a breakthrough. Afterward he wrote:

    "Also I saw this: that the anticipation of the event was an augur of the deed itself. Suddenly I realized how it had been with the struggle to express myself in writing. I saw back to the period when I had the most intense, exalted visions of words written and spoken, but in fact could only mutter brokenly. Today, I see that my steadfast desire alone was responsible for whatever progress or mastery I have made. The reality is always there, and it is preceded by vision, and if one keeps looking steadily, the vision crystallizes into fact or deed. There is no escaping it; it doesn't matter what route one travels. Every route leads you eventually to the goal. All roads leads to Heaven is the Chinese proverb. If one accepted that fully, one would get there so much more quickly. One should not be worrying about the degree of success attained by each and every effort, but only concentrate on maintaining the vision, keeping it pure and steady. The rest is sleight of hand work in the dark: a genuine automatic process."
    Henry Miller

    4. If that’s true, there may be other invisible hands also at work.

    5. Aldous Huxley said “attack from all sides.” I think that attack is subtilizing and deepening and getting less afraid.

    6. There have been a number of wake-up calls. The populace is in a pins-and-needles state, tossing and turning in sleep.

    7. If you buy the “moral” of the story of belling the cat, I refer you to the Foresight Institute’s Erroneous Predictions page.

    8. My own suggestion: keep working both the vision AND the critique. If you want more ideas on this, let me know. I’d be happy to hear more of yours.


    By Blogger Jack Saturday, at 2:19 PM  

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