When we downgrade our history, when we fail to recognize the nature of it, we are perpetuating that situation where we can not really properly heal and restore. There are many other factors in there too, for instance, as I said, we never knew growing up, and even today it is still a problematic business, about slavery. . . . Did we really have slavery? What kind of thing was it? What’s the nature of it? And what I’m saying is that unless you have a ceremony that recognizes the death of 50 million people, unless you can go out in boats and throw flowers in the ocean, you are encouraging ghosts to haunt you forever. You are encouraging cries in the psychic night. You are encouraging the perpetuation of fragmentation. The difficulty of writing a whole poem.
I heard a rumor at breakfast that some of the people in this room have begun to worry about their jobs. I have no idea if that is true. But I was told there is an undercurrent of unease as to where all this -- software design -- is going. There is a huge expanding phenomenon of programming as an art, and yet an uneasiness about where it is all headed? What is it going to do?
My comment on this? Please forgive me, I'm going to be very direct and blunt for a horrible second. It could be thought that the technical way in which you currently look at programming is almost as if you were willing to be “guns for hire.” In other words, you are the technicians. You know how to make the programs work. “Tell us what to do daddy, and we'll do it.” That is the worm in the apple.
What I am proposing here is something a little bit different from that. It is a view of programming as the natural genetic infrastructure of a living world which you/we are capable of creating, managing, making available, and which could then have the result that a living structure in our towns, houses, work places, cities, becomes an attainable thing. That would be remarkable. It would turn the world around, and make living structure the norm once again, throughout society, and make the world worth living in again.
This is an extraordinary vision of the future, in which computers play a fundamental role in making the world -- and above all the built structure of the world -- alive, humane, ecologically profound, and with a deep living structure. I realize that you may be surprised by my conclusion. This is not what I am, technically, supposed to have been talking about to you. Or you may say, Well, great idea, but we're not interested. I hope that is not your reaction. I hope that all of you, as members of a great profession of the future, will decide to help me, and to help yourselves, by taking part in this enormous world-wide effort. I do think you are capable of it. And I do not think any other professional body has quite the ability, or the natural opportunity for influence, to do this job as it must be done.
see your current structure as impermanent, able to shift & change with you
a purposeful life that benefits surrounding friends & loved ones while also being personally fulfilling