Friday, January 28, 2011

the corporate vs the individual

the wide vs the narrow of experience
        society vs person
               church vs zealot

The dynamic between the "one" and the "many" is of tension and volatility.

"It's just business; it's not personal" can be a legitimate concept on a corporate level, but the actual incidence of application is inevitably personal.

The Twin Towers were not brought down by Islam, but by a handful of individuals, each autonomous beings.

"people" break up their relationships all the time and the world keeps turning; when it happens to you, the effects can be more profound.

One guy shot Gabby Giffords, not some organized group of political fanatics who also happen to suffer from mental illness; America really does care about our mentally ill, but guy was among those that "slipped through" the system.

This post is striking me as more jumbled and less coherent than most of mine, but this issue keeps presenting itself to me, and I just wonder sometimes how we humans have evolved the ability to manage two separate universes: the one that applies to us directly, and the one that applies to everyone else.

Ramble, ramble...Have you seen the polls that ask "ordinary Americans" if they favor cutting government spending?  People inevitably agree that the federal government should massively reign in their spending; when presented with options to cut, people largely fail to make the "cut" election on something that touches them personally.

And to file in the same category: "they ought to do something about that"; "people need to make some sacrifices"; "I deserve to be happy, don't I?" it obvious I didn't sleep much last night?  But, on the bright side, Baby's got a healthy set of lungs and a rapidly developing mastery of inflection and structure in his vocalizing.


  1. "Though we adore men in-divid-ually, we agree that as a group they're rah-ther-stuuuu-pid..."

    From the Sister Suffragettes, in Mary Poppins. I was so confused as a child.

  2. Right, but then whither "the wisdom of the crowds"?