The Philosophers say, "This is the best of all possible worlds." The answer is, "That may be so but tomorrow we have to muck out the stables." I apologise if my quotes are not word perfect, but it is half a lifetime since I have read any literature. Working as I did in Computers for thirty years, most of my time since I turned sixteen, was taken up with matters tecnical, and the constant study of such things.
It is a source of amazement to me, that most of the people one quotes that one to, merely look mystified. Even after one explains it.
You are quite right, that it is only ideas that count. I have always favoured the "Think Tank" approach. Even before it became known as that, or fashionable. Every idea is evaluated on its merits. Even if it is, "Why don't you throw the bastard out?". In fact one of my best bits of lateral thinking, as an Engineer, came as a result of that very suggestion. Voltaire also said, "In the tide of human affairs, it is not the acquisition of knowledge that is most important, but the resistance thereto." You have, no doubt, seen the results of that one.
My reality is a result of my own mind at work. "I think therefore I am." However, I do assume there is another greater reality in the Universe, external to my reality. My philosophy of nihilism evolved. I did not come by it as such. For many years I thought I was an atheist. Then I realised I really had no system of beliefs. I do not regard my existence, as any more important than any other animal's. My death will be of no more importance to the universe, than that of any other animal. Probably of great importance to me, though. I feel, that as may be the only species that is concious of our own mortality, we have too much ego to accept that we just die, and that is it. So we have Gods, heaven, and the afterlife, to convince ourselves that we really don't die.
I do like the "Hitchikers Guide". If one is going to read nonsence, let it be witty nonsense. For a couple of years, my oldest two were convinced that I wrote it. Especially my oldest daughter. (The eldest) I had the habit of sitting down with them, and telling them stories of strange interstellar creatures, doing incomprehensible things. Too much imagination I guess.
I do like history. For it seems to me, that the little things have shaped the great events, that have altered the world. For instance, Napoleon Bonaparte applied for the position as assistant astronomer, on the Le Perouse expedition to Tahiti. (Paralleling Cook's) They knocked him back, because they already had an assistant astronomer. On the sailing vessels of the day, accomodation was tight, so they could not carry a second. So he decide to conquer most of Europe. Seeems like a reasonable alternative career instead. The Chinese do have a saying for that. (The Butterfly effect).
It will be intersting to see what forces eventually shape PNG's history. The history of the country since idependence, seems pretty formless at present. There have been no leaders of note, and few events of note, except for the Bougainville one. As I said before, ideas are, what counts in the long run. PNG needs thinkers, but it is too small a nation to ever be a big player. That is impossible, I feel. So it needs to concentrate on being a self sufficient nation, providing a good quality of life to its citizens.
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