Exclude anything essential? LO26624

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@gold.up.ac.za)
Date: 05/04/01

Dear Organlearners.

Greetings to all of you.

The past few weeks the news media reported many things happening ere in
South Africa and elsewhere in which tragedy occurred as a result of
excluding people from participating in something. In some cases the
exclusion was necessary, but the unfortunate people did not know it. For
example, people oblivious to spareness pressed at the gates of a sport
stadium already filled to maximum capacity to enter it. In the other cases
the exclusion was not necessary, but again the unfortunate people did not
know it. For example, people oblivious to otherness barred others with a
different opinion from a political gathering.

This intense drive for either inclusion or exclusion at all costs, even
when the cost is the death of fellow humans, made me wonder. Why is it
frequently so difficult to decide whether to include or to exclude? Is it
some things which we do not know which make it very difficult, if not
impossible, to decide? Is it complexity which inevitably takes its toll
because the mind cannot ever match it so that we cannot manage it? Is it
our lack of some mental qualities which keeps us unaware that a decision
for either exclusion or inclusion can become fatal? Would a sound logical
mind employing LEM (Law of Excluded Middle) make a correct decision or
should we scrap such linear thinking?

While writing this contribution and especially at this stage, I am deeply
under the impression that even I have to decide what to include or exclude
in it. On the one hand I can now simply give you the keys which would have
helped you to make the correct decision in the far majority of cases. But
should you begin to use these keys through rote learning, they will be
worthless to you. On the other hand, should you discover and learn these
keys self authentically, you will be able to decide correctly in most
cases. Shall I include still some more than what I have written up to now
or should I excuse myself mystically?

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@gold.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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