May 08, 2006

Though we consider ourselves self-willed and free and tend to react ... not well ... when told to do a thing we dislike: many of us nevertheless yearn for schedules and structures and clearly defined work rosters. In these lies the security of never having to risk, not only overstepping or being required to work beyond the parameters, but anything.

Yet a schedule is not its own prime mover. Someone originally brought it into existence. Regardless of how well or poorly it was designed, without the friction of independent thought getting in the way, Newton's first law of motion keeps it in existence.

In subordinating (and eventually abandoning) our own motivations to blind procedure: what have we done but become willing to subordinate our own common sense, our own capacity as sentient beings: first to the limitations of the prime designer, and then to inertia?

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