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Muddling Through

Noble's Journal

3 October 1981
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"In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse."
T.S. Eliot


"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."


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Journal title, "Muddling Through," comes from a passage in Orson Scott Card's Shadow of the Hegemon. I believe it was Bean's thoughts at one point, but I read it a while ago and so I'm not quite sure:

What a laugh, though. To think that one human being could ever really know another. You could get used to each other, get so habituated that you could speak their words right along with them, but you never knew why other people said what they said or did what they did, because they never even knew themselves. Nobody understands anybody.
And yet somehow we live together, mostly in peace, and get things done with a high enough success rate that people keep trying. Human beings get married and a lot of the marriages work, and they have children and most of them grow up to be decent people, and they have schools and businesses and factories and farms that have results at some level of acceptability - all without having a clue what's going on in anybody's head.
Muddling through, that's what human beings do.

Muddling through, indeed.