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The Plight of Neophyte Recursion (micropost)

1.) Existing social structures carry with them more information and purpose than a novice can see.

2.) A novice, with a novice’s eyes, sees the remaining flaws with the system, but can not easily see the fixed flaws.

3.) The wheel is reinvented as, often with a sense of moral righteousness, the neophyte implements their own replacement for the current “corrupt” system.

4.) This new system must fix the non-obvious flaws that the original system already (non-obviously) fixed to catch up, and often ends up just as “corrupt” as solutions to these flaws become the “lesser evils” that were seen as “pointless evils” with novice contempt in the original system — as reality tears theory asunder.

5.) Since human beings are not immortal and breed, we have a constant recursion of neophytes (children) creating a two-steps-forward-one-step back system of progress where mistakes are retread with righteous indignation, indignation often uttered so publicly that admitting defeat is too costly.


Thought: I wonder if this naturally emergent strife between the self-interest of the old and the self-interest of the young isn’t more an explanation for age-based placement on the liberal/conservative scale than quotes regarding a lack of a heart or a brain.

Counter wisdom: “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

Inspiration for this micropost: bitcoin, plenty such mistakes made first-hand.