My colleague sent me a very interesting article "Tech Is Too Cheap to Meter: It's Time to Manage for Abundance, Not Scarcity today" by Chris Anderson which is really worth a read. It's about how, we're all wired to think and behave in a world of scarcity when in fact there is also great abundance in the world, and we don't seem equipped to be able to think, behave and optimise the abundance so that we can produce and achieve great things. She sent it to me, because we're always bitching about how our organisation expects us to keep mailboxes with only 25MB of email space- yes can you believe? Chris Anderson here makes a case for the fact that we're wasting more resources in time deleting emails than just paying for a terabyte of space (1000GB) for about USD130.
Anyway, it was something else that he wrote which resonated with me.
" However, the rest of nature doesn't work like that. A bluefin tuna can release 10 million fertilized eggs
in a spawning season. Perhaps 10 of them will hatch and make it to adulthood. A million die for every one that survives.
But there's good reason for it. Nature wastes life in search of better life. It mutates DNA, creating failure after failure, in the hope that some new sequence will eventually outcompete those that came before and the species will evolve. In other words, nature tests its creations by killing most of them quickly—the battle "red in tooth and claw
" that determines reproductive advantage."
=) i hardly think about it anymore, only once in a while, when i stumble across things like this.
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