General Ludd

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General Ludd

LYRICS

When it’s time to go
You’ll return to your makers, and they’ll turn to face you
Your mind machine starts to glow
You are lost on the others, with your letters and numbers
Hands above and hands below, they want to know, want to know.

 

Barrows and Barons, the province of man
Quiver of arrows, they build up the land
Super computer and General Ludd
Solving for pattern, they scatter the flood

 

Oh which machines will break, and which ones we’ll use to break them
Oh which we’ll break, and which will break him

 

Ashes to ashes, a lonelier man
Calendar carvings, the patterns unplanned
Soldering circuits and timing the tide
Making the makers, but who will decide

 

Which machines will break, and which ones we’ll use to break them
Oh which will break, and which will break him

 

(A man must surely see, the greater mystery
mechanical in head and heart the king of industry
but he who raises up, a king without a crown
phillias and phobias will bring the hammer down)

 

 

SPIRALS

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As featured on Season 6, Episode 9 of WireTap (11/2009)
A reading of the short story SPIRALS from the book Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, by David Eagleman.

An excerpt from 'Solving for Pattern' by Wendell Berry
"A [bad] solution is that which immediately worsens the problem it is intended to solve, causing a hellish symbiosis in which problem and solution reciprocally enlarge one another in a sequence that, so far as its own logic is concerned, is limitless – as when the problem of soil compaction is “solved” by a bigger tractor, which further compacts the soil, which makes a need for a still bigger tractor, and so on and on. There is an identical symbiosis between coal-fired power plants and air conditioners. It is characteristic of such solutions that no one prospers by them but the suppliers of fuel and equipment....A good solution improves the balances, symmetries, or harmonies within a pattern – it is a qualitative solution – rather than enlarging or complicating some part of a pattern at the expense or in neglect of the rest.....A good solution always answers the question, How much is enough? Industrial solutions have always rested on the assumption that enough is all you can get." ... full essay pdf here.