Thursday, July 21, 2005

Bigness goeth before The Fall

There seems to be only one cause behind all
forms of social misery: bigness. Oversimplified
as this may seem, we shall find the idea more
easily acceptable if we consider that bigness, or
oversize, is really much more than just a social
problem. It appears to be the one and only
problem permeating all creation. Whenever
something is wrong, something is too big. And if
the body of a people becomes diseased with the
fever of aggression, brutality, collectivism, or
massive idiocy, it is not because it has fallen
victim to bad leadership or mental derangement.

It is because human beings, so charming as
individuals or in small aggregations have been
welded onto overconcentrated social units. That
is when they begin to slide into uncontrollable
catastrophe. For social problems, to paraphrase
the population doctrine of Thomas Malthus, have
the unfortunate tendency to grow at a geometric
ratio with the growth of the organism of which
they are part, while the ability of man to cope
with them, if it can be extended at all, grows
only at an arithmetic ratio. Which means that, if
a society grows beyond its optimum size, its
problems must eventually outrun the growth of
those human faculties which are necessary for
dealing with them.

Hence it is always bigness, and only bigness,
which is the problem of existence. The problem is
not to grow but to stop growing; the answer: not
union but division.

Very nicely stated.

Notice the bolded text.

That is the distraction running wild now.

The unanswered question here is how to stop growing.

I am convinced it only happens naturally, without
central direction or organization and as an
evolutionary function...cycles of growth then self-
destruction...when it happens at a time.

So went the dinosaurs. So will go today's dinosaurs
for different reasons.

Getting ready for The Fall is to shun bigness and
all group effort, moving to your tomato patch in

Not many will make it.

See this and other links here.


Taken from a url on the site above:

...small is better

Good start.

He didn't make the finish line.