CALCULUS FOR YOU
Zero is of fundamental importance to technology and science; scientific revolution literally waited for the discovery of zero. Calculus is the language of near-zero, instantaneous magnitude of quantities.
The computation of instantaneous values faced three challenges, and calculus specifically addressed them. For example, the physical challenge was addressed using the idea of derivative that avoided such difficult measurements (of near zero time and small distances traversed in that duration, when measuring instantaneous velocity).
The idea of limit addressed the mathematical challenge of using rate for instantaneous values (as such, rate gives average values), and the conceptual challenges of meaningful and valid near zero quantities were addressed using the idea of continuity.
Of course, the masterstroke came in the form of using functions for computations.
I AM GOVERNMENT
The Primary Institution Gracious Society and Virtuous Man
Society is our first, and the last ‘resource’. It limits and expands our personal achievement – material, professional, cultural, political. The moral force of society is inexplicably forceful, yet it is personalisable. Society makes ‘man’.
The primary ‘business of a gracious society’ is ensuring the enabling context for every adult to live with (economic) dignity. More importantly, a gracious society cultivates virtuous humans, and the latter set in motion the most unstoppable, sustainable cycle
of peace and prosperity. To top it all, a gracious society is organically democratic, and the state it founds is always democratic.
What is social is all good, always. Businesses, Technologies, Innovations, Governments, Cultural practices, and even Climate mitigation solutions that are socially productive get more entrenched and glorified. ESG norms are just commonsensical.
The Secondary Institution Guaranteeing Government are Good
We need a ‘new science’ to understand democracy, governments in democracies and how governments have invaded all other social institutions and dangerously suffocated society to plant itself as the ‘mother of all institutions’.
The key pillars of democratic culture and practices are- citizenship (an outcome of Good education of all children), elections, political parties, law-making and citizens (how direct is the democracy), judiciary (equally accessible to all), and constitutional integrity. We literally need the best show case of technology for these six, way more than what it would take to even land a foot on Mars!
The real business of government is assuring economic dignity for every adult citizen. It needs to pull away all stops, ASAP, for micro-entrepreneurship and 4IR is the enabler for it. And this is good politics too, but needs a visionary leader for fruition.