Saturday, June 23, 2007

Gossamers Galore

The founders of the X-Windows system gave a simple heuristic to future developers,"If a problem is not completely understood, it is best not to give a solution". My question is, can a problem ever be completely understood? This requires me to define completeness, unlike algorithmic complexity where for a problem we have the test of NP completeness, in most cases completeness is defined with perspective. Assuming that such completeness varies, i.e. it has some threshold limits and is varying with in those thresholds, linearly or exponentially with the solution, where/when/how do I, a mere mortal, draw the line between inaction/passiveness and attempting to solve the problem?

Here, I would like to apply an isomorphism to some occidental Philosophy, specifically the Karma Theory or as J.K.(Krishnamurthy not Rowling) defines it (subsumed or encompassed by the First Law of Newton) "the reactions to your actions". We live in a gossamer that is so intricately woven through our actions (past and present) that it is hardly believable that we are actually solving anything at all. In fact I would say that every time we twang one strand of this spidery web it creates ripples and waves that viewing it artisticly (or autisticly) creates music. A music that creates both the rigmarole and the excitement in our life, the joys and pains, the creation and destruction, our birth and death. Along comes incy wincy spider one wintry day and chews us up and another fly gets stuck in the ointment, so to speak.

Thus, unless I know for sure im cutting the webs away it would be unwise or wasteful to make any moves. Make no moves and the spider is slowly but surely on its way to eat you up. What do i do? Well, Id say get a machete and cut through the web but that would destroy this beautiful gossamer that has taught me so much, which would be a crime wrt another gossamer and the ripples created in the act would get me there if not here, another spider perhaps. This does sound a bit delirious but think about it, its not so far fetched really...

Having said all this, I take to heart and mind Krishna's advice that action however harmful it may seem, when done with that degree of detachment is merely performing your duty and actions thus performed absolve you from the consequences. Connecting back to my earlier thread then, is it possible to do this yet be passionate,creative and drink deep from life?

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