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Tuesday October 16th 2012    Tim Candler

     One of the problems with "Principle" emerges directly from the three ideas in its definition.  "A basic truth, a law or an assumption."   "A basic truth" is distinct from a "Truth."   It is for example "A basic truth" that "the world is round."  It might also be "A basic truth" that  "seeds can be purchased at a Hardware Store."   But the world is not actually round, it is more Orange shaped and it has mountains.  And sometimes when there are seedlings drooping on the hot pavement of the Hardware Store parking lot, there is not a seed to be found inside the Hardware Store, because they are all hidden away by the deceit of "have a nice day," and I know they are all of them behind the counter somewhere in locked drawers, waiting for what is loosely referred to as a "Sale," by the unprincipled bastards in the accounting department.  "Law" for its part, has its own problematic dimensions. 

     There is the "Law" of the judicial system, and there are, for example, the "Laws" of thermo dynamics, where there was a time when it was thought impossible to pass work from the "cooler to the hotter" and we were all headed for entropy, a condition under which no work could be achieved, a sort of heaven I guess.  But, a truly principled mind would understand that all these things are "Assumptions"  a mind holds on to as "Principles," because of their perceived advantages to the enterprise of being Human.  A principled mind  would not call them "truths," and when it does it becomes that fatted calf an Ideologue, out of whom more trouble has been given to the world than by the Stinkbug, whose current multitude in the Vegetable Garden I blame on a Black Snake for having gobbled up the Garden Mouse.  Nor is this some vague and wishy-washy republican  "Assumption" on my part, because Sweet Potato are completely un-nibbled.

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