Wednesday April 11th 2012 Tim
To sum a
culture, a person has to be remarkably arrogant. And it is useful
to remember that mathematics is what I guess can be called, abstract.
Which is to say, mathematics has no experience of being mathematics and
is therefore the obvious answer. But I will say that most
decisions are made in spaces that are increasingly abstract, until
something infuriating happens and a mind is persuaded to think, "This is
nuts!" An opinion I voice rather too often.
In looking for words to describe the powerful, I suspect it's better to think of the powerful as - tending to be the
last to conclude, "This is nuts." Which is why last night's
patchy frost can too easily be handed over to the abstract of mathematics, a
calculation of air movement, the Kyoto Butterfly flapping it's wings
and the physics of radiational cooling. Me, I'm determined to think of
it as a demonic being plotting to kill off Asparagus, decimate the
Strawberry. This way I can at least pretend to belong to the earth.