Campaign Song for Troubled Times

September 30, 2022

by Eric Chaet

Justice for all!
Cooperating willingly!
Cultivating competence!
Each responsible & free!

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Wrightstown Article #8

September 28, 2022

NOT SATISFIED
by Eric Chaet

I am not satisfied with what I have done with my life so far. Fortunately, I’m not dead, yet.

Mathematics is a set of assumptions and processes (operations and algorithms) for solving problems. It is a lot of games that have proved surprisingly useful not just for calculating (arithmetic and algebra), but for understanding rational aspects of an otherwise irrational world, and for designing, producing, and making use of all kinds of artificial devices and networks of devices.

Science is another set — of observations and inferences based on those observatiions, of patterns among non-living and living parts of our universal environment.

I observe one duck, I observe another duck. I infer that ducks have beaks and can fly and swim, waddle, quack. I continue to observe, and to infer, more and more accurately.

As we grow from stage to stage in our lives, so do mathematics and science.

Often, our teachers of mathematics and science understand only a little more than we do, so that, while what they teach us is a bit useful, it is far from comprehension, and often little more than endless exercising, never reaching the capacity to make use of skills, not much more than years of baby-sitting. Teachers need to keep being students, themselves — and to remember what life is for.

Sports can be useful in physical development and the development of strategic thinking. But, unless you are a professional athlete, sports are diversions from the main thing, and people can become addicted to them, as to drugs and tempting, unrealistic ideologies that befuddle them — while they neglect their main business in life. Professional athletes, like all performers, can inspire us to perform at the highest level to which we might make ourselves capable, but, hopefully, more usefully than scoring points in games.

My circumstances in life offer me plenty of excuses. But I am not satisfied with what I have done so far in my life. People who care for me sometimes assure me that humanity being at war with itself, and wide-spread and profound suffering, and the triumphs of the sly and brutal at the expense of the unsophisticated and weaker aren’t my responsibilities.

But I freely assume those responsibilities. I want them, I need them, to become who I can become. They are as much parts of me as my arms and legs.

I make them my business, along with providing for the most mental, physical, and spiritual fitness possible under my current circumstances, and navigating among the challenges that the universe and other people keep providing me with — inconvenient opportunities to become more capable, then do what was previously impossible.

When I don’t know what else to do, which is most of the time, I study. 2500 or so years ago, Confucius said, “To study, then to find opportunities to make use of it, isn’t that a pleasure?” Of course, you can just get addicted to studying, rather than meet your challenges. You can die without applying what you’ve learned — unsuccessful, unsatisfied. That’s common, too.

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–Wrightstown Article #8 © Eric Chaet 2022, used in The Wrightstown (Wisconsin, USA) “Spirit” by permission. To use this article in another publication, email Eric Chaet at chaetsarticles at gmail dot com.

“The So-Called Poems” Is Now In Print—

August 22, 2022

—from Westphalia Publishing, Colorado, USA.

Contact them at westphaliapublishing at gmail dot com—with inquiries, or to order a copy: you send them your physical address, they mail you a physical copy. Then—shocked, amazed, & delighted—you send back what you decide the book is worth to you—as your means allow. Please, while both publisher & author are of relatively sound body & mind, & requiring nutrients & heat, & money to pay taxes, & for relief from anguish & anxieties, & for follow-thru & subsequent initiatives, etc.

If you have read the book, & are glad you have read it, it might help if you would tell those who consider your words worthy of consideration, why you are glad you have read it. If you are capable of doing it, it might help more, too, if you would cast such words out into a wider public.

-Eric Chaet, Wisconsin, USA, 2022

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