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June 22, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Don's "Principle Of No Effect"

Today's song is This Strange Effect by Dave Berry, released in 1965.

One of the most important business lessons I learned from the late Walter Strauss while working at A.T. Kearney, Inc., was the distinction between the truth and the perception of truth. It turns out the latter is the most important of the two.

This week I had a chance to talk with one of my best friends and that concept entered my mind. She was telling me about changes in her life, important changes. She has a gift, a gift of helping people. A gift she doesn't often refuse to anyone who seeks her help.

I was listening to her intently as I always do with her as she spoke to me. I gave her my views about some of her issues when offering her help to others.

We all have limits and they should never be exceeded. To exceed them risks peril to our health. Sometimes it is important to know when we are continually operating on reserve, that we then need to scale back to the normal limits of our capabilities.

We need to do that for ourselves, otherwise we cannot be there to help others when they may really need it, not just when they ask for it. There is a difference between those two conditions.

The clarification between truth and perception is important. The older a person gets, the more important that recognition becomes.

In my friend's case, she feels it is imperative to help someone who really needs it. She feels obligated, perhaps guilty if she does not render that help. We can all be in that situation and each person determines what influences cause us to act or hold off.

I suggest the following consideration to help illustrate what I call, The Principle Of No Effect. It states that we possibly have no effect on outcomes, we just feel we have an effect on outcomes. For example, let me say the following with respect to helping a person:

If you were not born, the person you would have otherwised helped, would have found relief through another. Had the person you provided relief to, never been born, you would have relieved someone else sometime.

It simply shows at once, the correlation between the truth and the perception.

My principle is not meant to say we are useless or diminish what we do in helping others. To help others is kind and humane. My example is used to instruct the reality that exists in such cases.

I hope my best friend continues to help people when they are truly in need. I hope she takes care of her own needs first, so that she can mostly be there for others and provide that positive effect.


iPhoney lets you verify your creations for the iPhone for free. I used it to review my Time Out Of Mind iPhone Pictures.

Here's an article on how to ditch your current cell phone and get an iPhone.


My sister-in-law, Rita, continues to use her computer and web building skills. She helped in this web page design for an event in Blue Island, Illinois. I am proud of her achievements over the 20+ years she has been using computer technology.


Forcefield Anlaysis is a useful tool for helping to make decisions. Perhaps the U.S. Senate should use it to see the light.


Google is on the march. Great changes are ahead. I've used Google for many years now. The research provided in years past using that service, helped me find out things I would have otherwise not discovered. There are more constraints on certain information nowadays, but years ago, it was pretty much wide open.

There will always be debates about privacy. But I think it's pretty cool to have satellite views of places using Google Maps, use Google Earth to simulate driving down far-aways roads and streets, using the Google Search Engine to cross-reference all kinds of information linkages. Then use that accumulated information in other ways to increase knowledge and application of that knowledge.


If you have a photo you would like retouched inexpensively online, check this out.


My friend, Gary Plazyk, sent me information on Evocative Objects. I've written about that topic previously. Gary thinks the main referenced article should better be expressed in front of storytellers, I agree with him.


I found a YouTube video that uses simulation to explain the Act of War committed by terrorists on 09/11/01 when the global War On Terror was finally recognized by the United States as being real.

Senator John Edwards thinks that the phrase "War on Terror" is a bumper-sticker. I think his bumper-sticker is, Peace For Our 1990's Time incorporating the image below, with his face in the picture instead of Neville Chamberlain's:

Fortunately, John's Presidential Campaign is an excellent example of my Principle Of No Effect.


I intend an effect by completing this message with the following Digital Insight.

Picture In Picture (Created in June 2003)

I started thinking about this image when our neighbor's young son discovered the visual effects of standing between two opposing mirrors. He watched as we all do when we see the same repeated image recede towards infinity.

To view that illusion properly we must be slightly off-center within the view. We gain detail as we examine the reflections more closely at the expense of perspective. Many things in life are that way, it seems. Using my own words, I quote a portion from that page's narration:

"Taking a step back to gain new perspective is a progressive process towards abstraction. After a certain point, your ability to recognize the original view diminishes rapidly."


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