Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Philosophy of IMMAT

Today, I had an interesting conversation with a friend at lunch. The conversation exposed and defined IMMAT philosophy and it's principles at work in people's lives.

I disclosed to him, that my gravest concern regarding IMMAT, is that technology of this magnitude could one day be used as as a force for evil in the world. No doubt, emotions of this sort were felt by the developers of the atom bomb.

However, my friend served to help me define the difference between satire and sarcasm:
  • Satire: is a technique of writing or art which exposes the follies of its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) to ridicule, often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. The humor of satire tends to be subtle, using irony and deadpan humour liberally.
  • Sarcasm: is sneering, jesting, or mocking a person, situation or thing.....Use of sarcasm is sometimes viewed as an expression of concealed anger, negativity, or rage.
My friend then reminded me of Jonathan Swift who wrote an excellent essay on "how to eat your young." Wikipedia further establishes Swift as a premier satirist as it describes his essay "A Modest Proposal" (1729) in which Swift (with horrifying logic) recommends that Irish poverty can be solved by breeding up their infants as food for the rich.

It is clear that IMMAT seeks to follow such rich traditions.

This is the brilliance of IMMAT....a force for good and not for evil.

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