The purpose of a family is the enhancement of the individual pursuits of happiness … in the overall … preservation of the family as a whole.
—from Family Wealth
Is this a logical sentence, or not?
Posts tagged with individualism
One of the important discoveries of the late 1700s and 1800s was that family life in Northwest Europe during this period varied substantially from family life in other parts of the world, such as Russia, The Middle East, China and India.
Compared to family life in many other parts of the world—with extensive family solidarity, little individualism, overwhelming control of parents over adolescent children, a young age at marriage, universal marriage, marriages arranged by parents, and large and extended households—family life in Northwest Europe could be characterized as having relatively little family solidarity, great individualism, little control of parents over adolescent children, an older age at marriage, many people never marrying, marriages arranged by the couple through courtship, and small and nuclear (or stem) households.
Hat tip to @mileskimball.
—having a difficult time getting an original source on this quote
whose apprehension at the way she looked (or rather didn’t look) rumbles faintly, faintly, faintly, faintly, faintly, faintly, faintly, faintly, faintly, faintly, faintly through time—the decisions then affected the next decisions which altered the next decisions … on and on to the present.
If the initial spike was
−1<ρ<1, then the rumble of the thunder diminishes geometrically over time. So a
ρ=½ only shivers
.00049 eleven knots into the future, and even a
ρ=.9 recedes to a
.314 by the time it’s so deep past.
Maybe I can spot a corollary to the new parents’ dilemma as well. If the present choices are always framed by the habits formed in the past, then ε perturbations in the baby’s care echo forward, and forward, and forward…and can they really be undone?