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Thursday, August 5, 2010

What we know we know, what we know we don't know

But what about what we don't know we know? Which is to say, what about the things so engrained that we don't even know that we know them.
What about going to work?
Everyone has to go to work.
What about rich people?
MOST people have to go to work.
Why do people have to go to work?
To make money.
Why do people have to make money?
To buy food and clothing and pay rent.

We practice beliefs even if we don't believe in them. Physicist Nils Bohr kept a horseshoe over his door to keep evil spirits out. When asked about it he said "hey, I'm not crazy, I don't believe in that superstition... but I was told by someone that it works whether or not I believe in it."
Buckminster Fuller reminds us that the goal of Utopian society should be total unemployment. He goes on to say that probably 20% of us are workaholics who want to go to work, and that we should give them the means to get everything done that needs to get done, and the rest of us will be free to persue science, music, art, maths, philosophy, horticulture, agriculture, spirituality, and everything else that has been replaced by consumption.

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