Monday December 12th 2011 Tim
Powerlessness is probably
a psychological condition. Russell would ask me to define
powerlessness. He would ask me to define psychological and he
would ask me to tell him what I meant by the word 'condition'.
Then he would completely dismiss me by suggesting that the word
"probably" in my sentence has no use whatsoever. Which is probably why
his greatest contribution to the thing that is me lies in his phrase
"precision in language."
Nor was Russell big on the word
"spirit," except on one occasion when he offered the suggestion that
sometimes reason was advanced by mystical moments better grasped
by defining such moments within the context of a logical process.
Inevitably the empiricists see it all as a chess game. The correct
moves reveal 'true things', or as Plato would have it 'good things', but
correct moves never prevented sheer luck from winning the big prize.
Which is probably why amongst our corporate representatives, 'calculated
risk' for the rest of us is thought of so highly.