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    I might add that I've been thinking about money for years and have not noticed an increased interest in having it. But then, I am not an accumulator. I acquire things and I have things, but they have to be useful or out they go. If I am mildly obsessive, it's about getting rid of stuff, but not to the dump. Uselessness in things is inherently offensive. Which means I can still appreciate the souvenirs people pick up on vacations to remind them where they were and, presumably, had a good time.
    Indeed, I have recently argued that money is nothing but an aide memoire, a tangible or visible reminder of what we owe to someone else. And that's why, I go on to speculate, our friends, the Cons, are so antagonistic towards money. They do not want to owe anyone anything and certainly don't want to be reminded that they do, even though, if they happen to be politicians, they've actually been hired to manage our public debts.
    I've speculated that the Cons are obsessed with accumulating and not wanting to let go. However, just this morning it occurred to me that perhaps the accumulation is a consequence of not knowing how to process or let go of what they've got -- like that bullfrog sitting on the bank with a swallow in its mouth. In fact, I was wondering if mathematicians are concerned with what would happen if there were no function sign between A and B on the left side of an equation.
    I was led to that question by my hypothesis or observation that the Cons operate by indirection or triangulation or ulterior motivation. If one were to draw a picture of the flow of energy to do anything, it wouldn't be from A to B, but rather a nudge from A to C to impact B -- triangulation, like on a pool table. And then it occurred to me that perhaps the action between A and B is actually unknown, like the mysterious spirit in the Holy Trinity, which has never struck me as particularly mysterious. Agency is not mysterious, when you come to (can) think of it. But, what if a brain has no awareness of agency? What if not just the function key, but the concept of function is missing? What if there were no awareness of the plus, minus, division or multiplication sign between A and B?  What comes after the equal sign would make no sense. There would be no equal. There would be no equality.
    So, maybe it's just the math. What's missing in the binary brain is the function. That's the missing link. Does that make any sense to a person that's not math-challenged like me?

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    by hannah on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 02:34:41 AM PST

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