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Saul Steinberg


Part of world history shows patterns. It also directs us to certain approaches to give meaning to life.

The most common are the values and basic beliefs.

The urge to be a good human being is the obvious direction for all people.

‘Everybody is doing the best possible with the means they have. The current behavior is the best possible for the person in the given situation’, is a quote from the world of communication.

Directed by the drive to stay positive, ‘knowing’ that judging is mostly not the best settlement for adaptation and learning.

In our behavior we find ways to rationalize everything towards to level we can live with it. We want to come across as being accountable for our actions.

Subsequently we always are ‘right’.

As if that brings us anything.

Science or thinking as we might call it, is making attempts to look at patterns.

What is subjective? What objective? It uses Induction, deduction, falsification and verification.

Obviously there are more elements, but these are the basics.

It goes beyond ‘I belief’, involving of course the subjective part of the observation.

Accountability is an important aspect also. As are circumstances, the how and the why questions.

So there are the ‘good’ and ‘bad’

Nietzsche would say: ‘Only what is done with the intention of love goes beyond good or evil’

Simple because love has the focus to share and co experience the positive.

He also says:

“Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.”

A nice line in the context of the Ted talk you can listen to here.

In that respect, without further ado, I would like to share this very compelling and eye opening TED talk from Frances Larson

Watch on YouTube