Doing Nothing LO27236

From: John Dicus (
Date: 09/20/01

Hello all,

I'd like to ask your opinion.

At the outset I'd like to say that I don't necessarily hold to any
viewpoints implied by my asking. Specifically, I mean that I don't hold
to the notion of doing nothing. I'm simply curious and I'd like to hear
your thoughts.

It's hard to find the right words to ask this question, so this is the
best I can muster.

When we look at extremely complex systems with high degrees of freedom and
slowly unfolding patterns, we sometimes see events whose occurrence might
seem irregular at first glance, but follow a pattern as yet undiscerned.
An event (a condition reached...) might occur once every 25 or 50 or 100
years, and then never again for quite a while.

What would happen if one took the approach that doing nothing was the
smart path in the aftermath of 09/11/01 since what occurred was the
manifestation of a truly chaotic complex system, and that what happened
will occur at the next appointed time regardless of the actions one might



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