The Eudys Principle

   The human condition has been steadily changing. We of this age dress and drink differently, consume and communicate differently, travel and trade differently, and do practically everything differently compared to what even our great grandparents did, let alone generations of the very distant past.

Many things have changed for the better. In some instances things have changed for the worse. But practically every change in introduced with hope and conviction that it will brings about positive changes to the human condition. The Eudys Principle states:

Anything new introduced into a group, community, society, or civilization will, in due course either result in unexpected unwelcome offshoots or transform into something which will prove to be detrimental in one way or another to the well-being of the group, community, society, or civilization for whose benefit and betterment it was introduced in the first place.

Religion, science, industrialization, energy exploitation, democracy, freedom of expression, the internet, globalization, fisheries, open-door immigration, even the United Nations Organization, are only some instances of the Eudys principle.

The term is coined from two Greek prefixes, eu: good; dys: bad.

May 28, 2013

The Wheel

The wheel is one of the most ancient of human inventions. The name of its inventor is lost for ever. That person could never have suspected that the transcendental number pi is implicit its shape.

Since the nineteenth century, after the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the wheel has come to pay an ubiquitous role in civilization. 

Now, for more than a century and a half, there has not been a moment when all the wheels of the world have remained stopped turning. At every minute of the day, every day of the year, hundreds of thousands of wheels have been running machines and driving vehicles. All wheels will cease to whirl only when civilization breathes its very last on planet earth.

We are not aware of any wheels, turning or still,  elsewhere in the universe.

May 18, 2013