The limiting aspect of limits

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The Universe that you see around you is the result of billions upon billions of experiments.  Billions of mutations, changes, and adaptations.  Some of them work, some do not.  Some go on to be highly successful for a while, then fade ( dinosaurs ).  Some just keep adapting and getting better ( humans ).

Years ago, in a book by Carl Sagan,  I read of a principle concerning complexity and the envelope of possibility.This principle is widely understood by scientists -as the range of possibilities and complexity widens, both greater success (good, beauty) and greater failure (evil, ugliness) are possible.  You cannot limit the possible 'bad' without limiting the possible 'good.'

When I hear people criticize our youth for their piercings, their tattoos, or music; then blame these things for the decline of civilization, I cringe.  Here is the diatribe that was falsely attributed to Bill Cosby and provoked this article. Many of today's trends and fashions are not to my liking either, my tastes were formed years ago.  I do, however; see the beauty in change and variety.  Without it this world would be static and ugly.

If you are fearful and want to limit the possibilities in your life, fine; but please quit trying to limit the rest of the Universe.  It will move on with or without you.

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6 comments:

  1. Only those who will risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go. TS Eliot

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    1. I think that I am guilty of not going far enough, but I try not to judge those brave enough to go further than I.

      Thanks Diane,

      Dan

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  2. Love the message here. There is also a great limit quote by Bruce Lee.“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

    Take Care.

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    1. Great quote. I've tried really hard to eliminate limiting language from my vocabulary in the last few years. The words "I can't" are so self-defeating.

      Thanks,

      Dan

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  3. Great point, Dan! Those piercings aren't new. You will see them in colorful cultures throughout the world. It's just our mind that is narrow as you point out.

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  4. One thing my father-in-law said last Christmas (as much had changed in our family), was "don't be afraid of change." Life is randomness, and if we can't adjust our sails, we can't stay afloat.

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