Jeff Gates, Joseph Beuys, Dying Democracy LO29493

From: Barry Mallis (
Date: 11/12/02

Replying to LO29475 --


When you wrote...
> About your paradoxical 'healing poison', the difference between a poison
> and a medicine is usually the dose. The tolerable dose/effect
> relationship is based on risk to the user.
> We often see the need for a balanced approach, e.g. in the case of
> Operational Risk, there is a need to balance requirements for quality,
> safety, environment, and security.

I enjoyed seeing the paradox issue in deeper, exemplified way. The
relationship you refer to is the crux of the matter. There may be in every
paradox a fulcrum. What's there at that point? Is it in fact a point, or
hypothetical only?

Medicines can heal and kill. It depends. Homo sapiens can kill and bring
life. It depends. As I think of it, philosophy and theology point to
human source of differentiation from other life forms on our planet in the
very split of our "ethical" brain. Not the brain as durable matter, but as
a repository of conscience.

We decide to do Good, and we decide to "do" evil. These are comparative
terms. There's a fulcrum point between them.

A frying pan can cook up life-giving, and tasty food. It can also burn it
beyond edibility.

Inspired air provides essential life to us via the lungs, and also feeds
the fires which consume us (and is deleterious to burn wounds).

Organized religions inspire beyond consciousness, and generate human-led
horrors beyond conscious understanding.

The "balanced approach" you mention may be so much a part of the physical
universe's existence, that such movement toward dynamic balance/tension
may be at the root of All. Entropy?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts again.

Warm regards,



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