a mask which displays cultural bias in supposing to conceal it
As is the case with every point-of-view these opinions are biased.
This preface attempts to influence the reader to view certain perspectives favourably and thereby reveals
the intrinsic preferences lurking behind the mask.
It is one of the most astounding phenomena of the human condition,
that most individuals embrace their thoughts and actions as if they were independent of their
specific nurture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, religious inclinations
and political environment.
The opinions of this writer however, admit a dependence on all of the above factors as well as
providing evidence of having been deprived of the character-forming experiences of
hunger, war, torture and execution for heretical or seditious oratory.
Promoting opinions or theories as if they were unbiased is entirely delusional.
The non-specialist and earthy mood of these wordweb opinions is intended to
serve as a reality check for all conventional wisdom and established 'certainties'.
It evolved into an exhibition of images, that grew from seeds in the word-pots, as an attempt
to construct a summary perspective about some of the phenomena and issues that an ordinary person
would likely encounter during their life.
It is a perspective of the common-person gardener,
who participates with nature to produce
life's necessities and pleasures, and for whom a spade is a multi-purpose tool.
It is a perspective that accepts the chaotic nature of
form in the cosmos and attempts to adopt the most common-sense down-to-earth
pragmatism to cope with its uncertainties.
In seeking to impose simplifications on the universe, it is of course inevitable
that, like all other similar attempts, it will itself exhibit all the characteristics of chaos.
The opinions expressed here aspire to be short in stature.
In any theatre of persuasion, opinions should expect to have diverse projectiles
hurled in their direction, whether it be from the pits of prejudice or the threatened circles of power.
A compact and ambiguous target will diminish vulnerability.
Extensively elongated, padded, and costumed expressions of opinions
exhibit themselves as distended and ponderous butts whilst they strut their thespian stuff.
Large opinions tend to be very short on survival, whereas dwarfish opinions by contrast,
learn to exploit the virtue of their stature and mobility.
Any perspective on any matter that is devoid of humour
needs to be viewed with a great deal of suspicion.
The theatre of endeavour that ignores or excludes the comic
perspective will inevitably fail to comprehend its own absurdity.
It is the humorous overview that incorporates an acceptance of the chaotic.
Organizations and institutions abound with individuals whose objective is to enhance the power of the upper
echelons of their hierarchy by obtaining the compliance of ordinary individual citizens.
Pyramid social structures like political parties, religious groups, financial corporations, military organizations
and so on depend for their existence upon a broad base of subservience.
In aspiring to an equitable 'fairness' for all members of a society and its institutions, democracy
needs as large a base of individuals as possible and sceptical questioning
must be an acceptable pragmatic behaviour.
Any 'truth' uncovered by assiduous scruting is most unlikely to conform to expectations.
Life is too complex and randomly perturbed to suppose that it can be manipulated rationally.
A play, an aircraft or an economic system does not work 'in principle'.
It only works when it works, and not before.
The cultivator of a glasshouse display doesn't plant virtual flowers or successfully
propagate with theoretical techniques or equipment.
The universe doesn't behave mathematically. It is chaotic.
It just so happens that some mathematically based modelling turns out to be useful in prediction and design... that is all.
Existence is best negotiated and manipulated by using pragmatic simplifications.