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Barring Adam and Eve – and perhaps her 13 daughters – Genghis Khan is the biologically most successful individual in recorded history: 1 out of every 200 people alive today is a descendant. I read too, that he was illiterate and uncultured and that his empire was born of rage and no grand vision.
He altered the course of human events.
This is human life: accident, luck, chance.
We do not think statistically. We are not rational; we are people. If 10% of all the people who had ever lived are alive today and that proportion will increase as time passes it means that we have been and are a successful species. Logic then is not necessary to survival.
It seems survival only needs experimentation.
The irregularity with which I update this blog implies that either this blog is not important or I have difficulty meeting my commitments.
Like life, the truth is neither as stark nor as simple: this blog is important but it is not my first priority and I do have difficulty meeting my commitments to myself but not to others. This blog is written for others, but the readers are an undefined mass. I feel no personal responsibility towards them because I have assured no individual that I will update this blog daily.
I do not know how many have read this blog or have done so more than once. I have been dropping stones into the abyss waiting to hear them hit bottom.
Futile actions have utility on more than one dimension and so are not necessarily futile. It all depends on your point of view.