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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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