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From TCW’s acorns, oak trees will grow

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IN response to my article ‘A recipe for disaster’ published on TCW on Monday, commenter ‘Despite Brexit’ lamented: ‘The problem is that this is preaching to the choir. The people who need to get the message through their thick heads won’t come on here, unless it is to rehearse their pre-prepared scripts of mockery and lies.’

It’s an understandable viewpoint, but don’t despair, friends. We are in a war of attrition and we never know where or when our little contributions may have an effect. Success can come from the least expected places. Its timing and location will look random.

I’m a big fan of Adrian Bejan’s ‘constructal law’. It’s a newish (1996) rule of physics which states that when a quantity is unevenly distributed a ‘design’ will evolve that facilitates the flow of that quantity over an area. Think of how a river system helps a mass of water flow across the landscape.

The theory holds for information flow as well. And that’s where TCW and its readers and writers come in.

Kathy and the gang have provided a channel through which thoughts flow. They will spread out across the mental landscape from those who have them to those who need them. There is a thirst for insight and explanation and it’s growing. I’m seeing people becoming more curious all the time. If we act then that thirst will be slaked. As Bejan says, that’s not an opinion, it’s physics. Progress will be slow, then it will be rapid, like the breaching of a dyke.

The important thing is that we each do what we can and accept that providence will have its way. We just need to give it something to work with.

And this is the reason why the truth will out. We are a force of nature, powered by the laws of physics. It may take a while to erode the dams that have been erected against us, but keep the faith . . . we are about 60 per cent water after all.

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Pseudonym de Plume
Pseudonym de Plume has a background in psychology and academic research.

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