Sunday, March 18, 2007


Just returned from a week's vacation in Orlando. Completely unplugged for the week: sat around the pool, visited the theme parks, mini-golfed and squired the Smith girls around just about every shopping outlet in Orlando -- teenage girls have an infinite capacity for shopping with Dad's money.

Being unplugged was refreshing, although I missed the sports updates, how the Raptors are doing and the latest English soccer scores: but as for everything else, a week's inattention just goes to show how issues persist week to week and that a week without me standing vanguard did little to change the prospects for the global future.

The week allowed me to recharge and focus. I alternate between intense passion for tackling the stupidity I see in the world and a more dispassionate resignation that the majority seems quite comfortable with what they know and are used to (incompetence, self-aggrandisement and political pomposity) rather than any ideologically derived choice and thought.

Sitting around the pool allowed me to indulge in reading Heinlein's stunning novel
Time Enough for Love, which is fictional in so many spheres but social and political commentary in so many others. I find it highly inspirational and full of pithy insights such as:
  • Never try to outstubborn a cat
  • The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
  • Deductive logic is tautological; there is no way to get new truth out of it, and it manipulates false statements as readily as true ones...Inductive logic is much more difficult -- but can produce new truths.
  • A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain.
  • An elephant: a mouse built to government specifications.
Would that more academics, journalists, politicians and commentators could imbue their work with such truths, humour and engagement, rather than the earnest, self-serving and jargon-infested tedium most seem bent on inflicting on the world.

Tags: , , , change