I like to imagine the sum of human industry and ambition as a mighty river, and incentives as gravity. While individual droplets may flow as they please, the river will always move towards gravity, or its local incentives.

Those looking to change the world should not strive against the stream, but work to shift the gravity the stream is flowing towards.

Many try to tame the river by erecting dams without changing the underlying incentives, in the hopes that it will follow a more constructive path.


This can sometimes work but without thoughtful care is just as likely to flow in a new and unexpected path, even more destructive than before. But always towards gravity.

Landscaping is the shit, but it's very much not a cheap hobby.

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