Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A Useful Postulate...

"I have a postulate for you to consider: IN any thinking-system, A postulate that says you can't do what you have to do must be rejected as futile.

Reason: A postulate is NOT a reality-truth; it's strictly a thought-tool...and a tool that won't work must be replaced with one that will."

- John W. Campbell, letter to Horace L. Gold on November 4, 1954. P. 263 of "The John W. Campbell Letters: Volume 1", eds. Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr., Tony Chapdelaine, George Hay, (Frankin, TN.:AC Projects, 1985. ISBN: 0-931150-16-7 ).

Something to keep in mind the next time someone tries to sell despair when it comes to winning The War on Terror or indeed upon any other subject. After all, it's not without reason that Napoleon is said to have stated that "The Moral is to the Physical as three to one!" ^_^

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