Monday, April 11, 2016

Sacrifice As Communication

Reply to story: Network leadership by Esko Kilpi


What about sacrifice as communication? Your story doesn’t even acknowledge this major form of communication. Why is that? 

Maybe you think that sacrifice is a stupid way to communicate? If so, then it would be nice if you could share your thinking. 

Maybe you think that sacrifice is sometimes a stupid way to communicate… but othertimes it’s a smart way to communicate? If so, then it would be nice if you could share your rule.

Hayek certainly thought that sacrifice was a pretty smart way to communicate…

We must look at the price system as such a mechanism for communicating information if we want to understand its real function — a function which, of course, it fulfils less perfectly as prices grow more rigid. (Even when quoted prices have become quite rigid, however, the forces which would operate through changes in price still operate to a considerable extent through changes in the other terms of the contract.) The most significant fact about this system is the economy of knowledge with which it operates, or how little the individual participants need to know in order to be able to take the right action. In abbreviated form, by a kind of symbol, only the most essential information is passed on and passed on only to those concerned. It is more than a metaphor to describe the price system as a kind of machinery for registering change, or a system of telecommunications which enables individual producers to watch merely the movement of a few pointers, as an engineer might watch the hands of a few dials, in order to adjust their activities to changes of which they may never know more than is reflected in the price movement. — Friedrich Hayek, The Use Of Knowledge In Society

About adjusting/adapting to changes…

Yes, change is the basic law of nature. But the changes wrought by the passage of time affects individuals and institutions in different ways. According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself. Applying this theoretical concept to us as individuals, we can state that the civilization that is able to survive is the one that is able to adapt to the changing physical, social, political, moral, and spiritual environment in which it finds itself. — Leon C. Megginson

Quickly adjusting/adapting to constantly changing circumstances/conditions depends on accurate and efficient communication. Your story is about individuals in a network communicating with each other. And it’s really amazing that you didn’t even acknowledge sacrifice as communication.

My thoughts, on the subject of sacrifice, in a nutshell…

With this in mind, if you write a substantial story about sacrifice as communication then I would be willing to paypal you $5 dollars. Does this seem like a small sacrifice? Well… how does it compare to what your other readers are willing to pay you for your stories? Maybe you don’t know how much your readers are willing to sacrifice for your stories? Maybe it doesn’t matter how much they are willing to sacrifice for your stories? 

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