Friday October 28th 2011 Tim Candler
There is primal joy to be
had from confrontation. Some take pleasure from it, think it a
release, see it as a necessary solution to disagreement. They jump
with joy and cheer, adrenalin charged by the possibility of S+R=?
Others might hint that something
like civilization is no more than a process of managing solutions to
S+R. And always worth remembering the chariot race between the
Reds and the Blues, the Greens and the Whites that almost destroyed
Justinian's Constantinople and the Eastern Empire. I think about
thirty or forty thousand rioters were killed or executed. Which I
guess is one way of answering the question.
In many respects science is civilizing. It's disciples
adhere to a process that manages disagreement. A scientist has no idea
what is going to happen tomorrow, but he has his guesses and he reckons his
guesses well founded and he or she stands their corner grinning, or perhaps
hoping. And sporting events, however odious a solution to
confrontation, adhere to a civilizing process. Sports men and women
take their chances, endure the locker rooms, shower together, sometimes win,
mostly lose, then get old like the rest of us, and you have to ask why.
And too I have come to think that
those who have a distrust of the religious see in the religious process a
dominating force that can sometimes strike a sensitive mind as tyrannical
because in the physics of S+R, the ? is the joy part.