Plenty of That


Edward O. Wilson has written that there are always two kinds of original thinkers, "those who upon viewing disorder try to create order, and those who upon encountering order try to test it by creating disorder." Those who merely imitate the order they see around them are ornamentalists. There are pleasures to be had from such work, but they are the pleasures of amenities. -Christian Wiman, from An Idea of Order


Build order out of chaos. Break order into chaos. Work without a map. Do something risky. Break rules. Make up rules. Open to criticism. Have hybris.


Just please, oh please, do not replicate what you see out your window. We have, by definition, plenty of that already.


We have enough amenities.