Reflection By Rob Wynne On October 14, 2005 In Blog Do we dare attempt to make the world we have the world as we would have it? lovemusingpoly Previous National Coming Out Day Next No time like now 22 Comments Add Comment → cellio Do we dare not to? What alternative do we have? October 14, 2005 Reply umbran Do we dare assume we know what we really want, and fully understand the consequences of having it? 🙂 October 14, 2005 Reply Rob Wynne To the quick, sir. October 14, 2005 Reply almeda That’s my main problem. I hate that I’m terrified of everything, and wish I could be blithely bolder … and then I see people who are the nightmarish exaggeration of my ‘goal’ and suddenly am glad I’m not like THAT. October 17, 2005 Reply madfilkentist The word “we” is the really dangerous one in the question. Which “we” is deciding how the world should be remade? October 14, 2005 Reply Rob Wynne Well, in this case, it’s a more personal question. The real question is “Do *I* dare…”, but phrased to be a hypothetical. October 14, 2005 Reply filkerdave Is this not what we do already, for various competing values of “we?” October 14, 2005 Reply delennara Some of us maybe… Some just try to get through one day after the other without being too much shouted at, or just get through without starving or dying or such… Trying to actually take influence is….a luxus function. October 14, 2005 Reply braider Only if we start in little ways that will not crush us with the weight of comprehension. October 14, 2005 Reply catalana Yes. October 14, 2005 Reply grey_lady This single word from the professional philosopher? 🙂 October 15, 2005 Reply catalana *grin* Yeah, I thought that was funny, too. But I spend my life wading through professional gobblety-gook; I don’t need to generate it for fun. I think this is a question that clearly has an answer. After all, he didn’t ask me *how* we do that -- he just asked if we *dare* do it. October 15, 2005 Reply Rob Wynne *grin* Yeah, and that straightforwardness is one of the things I love about you. 🙂 October 15, 2005 Reply tigertoy If we do not try to make the world the way we want it, we have no right to complain or be unhappy when the world is not as we wish, or when it changes in a way we don’t like. Perhaps it is arrogance, but I am far more troubled by my lack of power to change things than by my lack of wisdom to see what changes we need. October 14, 2005 Reply joyeuse13 Define “world.” My small sphere of influence, you betcha. The war in Iraq? How??? October 14, 2005 Reply kitanzi We all dare to work towards that, to some small extent and in whatever way “we” each want to have it. (Heck, I do that when I wash the dishes. It’s a matter of scale, really.) October 14, 2005 Reply joecoustic Okay here’s what I think. I think if you feel you can and need to then you should. It’s in your heart and soul and just needs to come out sometimes -- like a song. Yes I absolutely believe that many of the terrible things in our world have happened due to people trying to remake the world into what they thought was right, but so have so many -- and I hope more -- wonderful and important things. Too many take the world as they see it and say “no one person can do something alone so why should I try” but it takes a dreamer and idealist to say -- “I have a dream”. *hugs* October 14, 2005 Reply niquildrvr I’m thinking more of Prufrock’s question: “Do I dare disturb the universe?” We change what we can, within our sphere of influence. To not dare to do so is to live a life “measured out in coffee spoons”. October 14, 2005 Reply Rob Wynne o/~ Some day I’ll have a disappearing hairline Some day I’ll wear pyjamas in the day time Oh whoa oh oh, Afternoons Will be measured out, measured out, measured with Coffee spoons And TS Elliot o/~ --Crash Test Dummies, “Afternoons and Coffeespoons” Whis is to say: Yes, that exactly. October 14, 2005 Reply redaxe Not merely “dare”. Must so attempt, lest we leave no mark on the world, else why live? (Well, okay, so it makes its mark on one, but that’s only half the reason we live.) October 14, 2005 Reply billroper Yeah. But we also have to know what we can accomplish today and what will have to wait until tomorrow. October 14, 2005 Reply elgecko Always do. Always dare. Inaction has a much higher price than error. October 15, 2005 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.