Once upon a time there was a seamstress who made beautiful outfits.
One day a customer walked into her shop and fell in love with a particular pant-suit. “I love this!” the customer exclaimed, “but it doesn’t quite fit right.”
“That’s not a problem,” said the seamstress. “Let’s see what we can do!”
“The pant legs are a little long,” said the seamstress. “So let’s put you on my medieval rack and stretch you out to make your legs longer — there we go! And the sleeves on this outfit are a little short – we’ll just surgically remove an inch from your arm bones – there, perfect! And the waist is a little loose – no problem, we’ll just inject collagen into your stomach until the waist fits just right.”
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Humanity is enamored of beautiful ‘systems’: political, religious, educational, economic. When human beings don’t fit our beautiful ‘systems’, then what?