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Escape Velocity: 13. Distance

Distance.  From point A to point B there is always Distance, and we can always traverse that Distance with a Line.

 

The geometry of Euclid's Elements is based on five postulates. They assert what may be constructed in geometry. The first postulate is:  1. To draw a straight line from any point to any point.  This postulate simply says that if you have any two points (we can call them A and B) you can always connect them with a straight line.

The geometry of Euclid’s Elements is based on five postulates. They assert what may be constructed in geometry. The first postulate is: 1. To draw a straight line from any point to any point. This postulate simply says that if you have any two points (we can call them A and B) you can always connect them with a straight line.

 

I’ve suffered under the ever-challenging instruction of three great masters in my life so far: Freud, Nietzsche and Descartes.  They’ve each run around a decade or so of primary influence.  Euclid is the master I haven’t earned my way up to, yet.  He hasn’t accepted my application to be his proper student yet.

Sure, I’m joking around, but not really.  From the moment I first encountered Euclid, I knew he’d be worth a lifetime of study and I still, even now, don’t actually feel ready for him.

Yet, I have, in my preparations, read quite a bit about him, and boy oh boy, is he ever misunderstood and maligned.  He may well be the most misunderstood, most aligned father from our past, and the one who likely deserves it the least.  Yes, I’m already a fan.  You can call me Euclid-boy, or more accurately, Wannabe Euclid-boy.

Take for instance the two points, A and B above, and their seemingly innocent line connecting them.  What could be simpler; more obvious; more innocuous; clearer?  Well, according to all the great mathematicians of the past several hundred years, Euclid is assuming too much in that straight line.  I won’t get into it; but let me tell you, the simplicity he gives us above is as right as right can be.  His detractors are wrong.  So there.

Distance.  >From A to B.  That is Distance.  It’s that simple.

So…what’s your B

You’re already at A.  That’s what’s given.  That’s where you are right now.

Your dream? Well, that’s probably Z or some such; certainly no less than T or S, right?  Let’s go with Z.

The Distance you need, though, is NOT from A to Z; oh no!  You simply CAN’T get to Z, if you try to skip B.  That, surprisingly, is the only Distance that matters.

Let’s go again now…if your dream is Z, or to use a number, 26, you can never get there if you don’t succeed at B, or number 2.  The Distance from here – or right now – to your dream coming true is, in our example, 26 steps.  The only Distance that matters is that from 1 to 2, and then, from 2 to 3.  If you get that, really get it, you’ll go the Distance – all the way to Z – and you will realize your dream for sure.   That is, unless you die before you get there.  But, if that’s the case, what better way to go could there possibly be than fighting for Y (or any Dream Vector from B through X)?

Just don’t die while still on A…okay?

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