C-74. Embrace life!

To embrace life is not an unfamiliar importuning. It smacks of the Control imperative’s encouragement of necessary effort (VI). As a measure of reverence in terms of appreciation, however, to embrace life has the very pointed message that we must shape our lives not just in regard to the particulars of what others do and the particular consequences of what we do; we should also shape our lives in principled accord with the Nature of Things.

We should embrace by involvement, front-loading with respect to the behavioral principles derived from the Nature of Things (e.g., App. XVII’s DPA) in addition to back-loading with respect to empirical principles derived from observed effects (e.g., correlations, actuarial findings). In composing solutions to our problems, we should be effecting such an embrace.

With the behavioral entity’s core of B S (App. XVI), with behavior evident in some respect for every entity, then we would be remiss in not availing ourselves of behavioral principles by which to front-load as well as back-load step development.

The point here can be seen as the (involve x grasp) extension of the “Bi-” capacity, from the body (e.g., two eyes, two ears, two arms, two hands, two legs, two feet, two brain hemispheres) to a Bi- capability for the step. We grasp the meaning of life not just from the step taken but also from step made – and enrich the former’s discoveries by the latter’s. (See App. XV: HAS discipline[s].)

Consider the sheer back-loading dysfunctionality for community development of a current technological tangent: where data bases are manufactured from the choices made by users of Internet websites in order to efficiently provide a path (e.g., by advisements and/or advertisements) by which those choices can be repeated (0:Sp). (A recipe for addiction?) If the “invisible hand” (C-46) falls short in its back-loaded contribution to effective commerce, this constitutes a “gloved, closed fist” back-loading approach to effective communication, cognition, composition and community. In addition to which it feeds the consumer-individual-partisan clog that has formed around the over-emphasis of decision making relative to problem solving.

Our responsibility to become more capable is consonant with embracing life. If in thus embracing life we alleviate the (imbalanced) condition of responsibility/capability > 1 that plagues communities where control system/operating system > 1 thrives … then so much the better.

(c) R.F. Carter