- Sanity: Bad For You, Bad For The World
- The System Will Set You Free
- The Search for the System: How I Found One, Why You Need One
- Why The System Won’t Set You Free
Less than eighty years before I was born, in a country built on murder and piracy, a country that did not recognize international patents and copyright law, a country that until only forty years earlier, had allowed human beings to be bought, sold and used as cattle…two bicycle repairmen flew through the air.
People had been in the air before. There’d been balloons for ages. There’d been gliders. But this was special. This was powered flight. This was heavier-than-air flight. “Proper” flight.
What happened? What had changed?
Well, the laws of physics had not changed.
The size and strength of the Earth’s gravity field had not changed.
The laws of the country had not changed.
Human DNA had not changed.
Human beings had not collectively become any more or less intelligent.
People had tried to fly before. Smart people. Plenty died trying, like that one German guy who jumped off a cathedral with wings 1.
So what had changed?
Methods had changed. The method(s) people were using to try to fly had changed. No more flapping . And after enough tries and enough tweaks, the changes were good enough to produce real, human-powered flight.
The “no more flapping” part is important.
Although I read and watch a lot of X-Men, I’m still quite convinced that human beings aren’t born with the ability to fly. Even eagles are born flightless, but they kind of grow into it. Humans can’t even do that.
But we fly now. A lot. We fly better than we drive — certainly more safely. During my teens, two of my friends died in separate car accidents in separate countries. None of my friends have ever so much as thrown up while flying. We fly better than birds — higher, faster, comfier. We fly so much we complain about it.
We fly 2.
Step back and take that in.
Because this is not something sane people do.
You (most likely) and I were born after the jet age, so we take all this for granted. But there is a healthy madness in flying. Before those crazy bicycle repairmen from North Carolina did their thing — and even for some time afterwards — normal, sane people must have been like: “of course those idiots are dying trying to fly; they’re rebelling against [insert deity] and Nature; if human beings had been intended to fly, they’d have wings; it never says anything about flying in [insert book of desert legends]“.
↑ That’s the kind of bull#### logic that sane people have.
You cannot afford to be sane.
The world cannot afford sanity.
Sane individuals and sane groups — sane societies — achieve nothing and amount to nothing.
You need to be insane. Insane enough to think you can. And insane enough to keep trying and tweaking and testing methods until you figure it out.
Nothing we’re doing here, on this website, is as awesome as human powered effing flight.
All we’re doing is trying to imitate sounds and lines that hundreds of millions of other people have already invented and demonstrated over and over and over again.
And maybe we’re having trouble with even that, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
You don’t need to be born an eagle to outfly an eagle.
You just need to be insane.
- Stop thinking and doing things that don’t help you fly.
- Start thinking and doing something — anything — else.
- Go back to step (1), until you..
- Fly, I mean, write, read, understand and speak Japanese.
The Earth’s gravity field did not need to change in order for human flight to become possible. It’s just as strong as it’s been since…pretty much there was an Earth to speak of. Japanese does not need to change in order for you to use it.
You’re not stupid, but your methods probably are.
Don’t ask for an “easier” language.
Ask for an easier method.