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Standardization versus Innovation

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Submitted by Stein, Nov 2, 2018 at 12:35

The comment of 'conservative' forces versus 'liberal' forces is a fundamental yang-yin dialectic.

It reminds me of art and nature where it is 'repetition' versus 'variation'. 'Niche' versus 'evolution'.

It especially reminds of technology. 'Standardization' versus 'innovation'. Standardization is necessary so that all the computer hardware and software are compatible with each other. Innovation is necessary so that more powerful computers become available with sophisticated multipurpose functionality. Yet innovation disrupts the compatibility − and is a risk that can fail, but can also make the world a better place.

Ultimately, all of this reminds me of the words of the Tanakh. 'To every thing, there is its season. A time to build up (conservativism), and a time to tear down (liberalism).' 'A time to embrace (liberalism), and a time to refrain from embracing (conservativism).'

A time for power (Gvura) (conservativism) and a time for compassion (Khesed) (liberalism).

In this fundamental dialectic, neither extreme is always true. Useful wisdom is discerning when and where conservativism offers humanity more benefits and when and where liberalism offers humanity more benefits.

Like the Dao, it is the harmony of a dynamic yang-yin dialectic that together form a third path, the path of truth, the path of wellbeing, is both yang-and-yin, but knowing when the season of each is most optimal.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Standardization versus Innovation [216 words]SteinNov 2, 2018 12:35245770
Republicans not Conservatives Control [96 words]Tom DundeeOct 25, 2018 14:11245696
So why deliver our children 'over to liberals to be inculcated' [26 words]ebOct 21, 2018 09:06245609
Conservatism of today was the liberalism of the past [100 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Amir SaniOct 18, 2018 10:13245539
Our dear Amir needs to read with care! [238 words]dhimmi no moreOct 19, 2018 06:11245539
Response to Dhimmi no more [192 words]Amir SaniOct 21, 2018 22:56245539
Our dear Amir needs to read with care! Part 2 [374 words]dhimmi no moreOct 22, 2018 14:56245539
Our dear Amir needs to read with care! Part 3 [117 words]dhimmi no moreOct 22, 2018 15:13245539
So depressing. [11 words]Mark AlexanderOct 18, 2018 02:07245529
Conservatism vs. Liberalism [30 words]Shafi RefaiOct 18, 2018 01:11245527
Our dear Shafi Refai needs to watch Jordan Peterson! [111 words]dhimmi no moreOct 19, 2018 06:27245527

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