[ExI] the ambiguously evil british have leaked julian assange's address

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Thu Dec 16 11:37:01 UTC 2010

On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 3:16 AM, spike wrote:
> Here's what I want from you guys: think carefully and hard, the way I know
> you can.  Think of all the *unintended consequences* of Julian Assanges
> work, both good and bad.  The notion of good and bad doesn't necessarily
> collapse down to one number positive or negative; it is too complex for
> that.  So let it be a complex number, with a real good/evil axis and an
> imaginary good/evil axis if you wish, or multiple categories or
> circumstances.

As Darren wrote, everything you do has unintended consequences.
Fortunately some results are good as well as bad. So sometimes things
turn out better than expected, rather than worse than expected. Life's
like that. So enjoy the good outcomes, just as you have to suffer the
bad outcomes.
(Even though being 'unexpected', neither is really down to your decision). :)

What is much more subtle is *not* doing something.  You anticipate
something bad coming, but do nothing to stop or divert it. You can't
be publicly blamed, because nobody else saw it coming and nobody knows
of your insight. But you know.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

 Robert Frost
1874-1963, written in 1916

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