On Structure and Genius

A 24-year old named Mallory who is dating my son Andrew boasted in complaint form that her family is more structured than ours. My thoughts on that:

Anyone can enforce or obey structure, even the convict or those with mental illness. The genius though, takes inspiration, and creates structure, simplicity and beauty where non existed. I’d rather be a genius.—Robert John Stevens, July 30, 2017

The Missing Ingredient in BCRA: Humility

And history teaches us that when we don’t know how to solve a problem, the best thing to do is to experiment. We should test different ideas through a cooperative, bottom-up, trial-and-error process rather than imposing top-down, partisan power-plays that disrupt the lives of hundreds of millions of people at a time. — Senator Mike Lee

Will Americans Continue to Accept Lower Standards of Living?

Excellent quote:

People get born into the world as it exists so the new ones don’t know how it used to be so to them tight living standards are normal. They don’t know that it used to be a much higher standard of living. And so it is entirely possible the entire population will accept this if it is gradual over time. If it is quick or sudden, they may revolt. We just don’t know how it will play out. — Paul Craig Roberts. Jump to 15:39

John Adams Quote on Property Rights

The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If “Thou shalt not covet,” and “Thou shalt not steal,” were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.—John Adams

Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee on Compromising

by Robert John Stevens, September 15, 2016

I had lunch today with Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee after showing him my and my neighbors’ property in Utah County to clarify certain issues for him regarding subdivision improvements. He’s a great person and believes in limited, constitutional government.

He told me as a kid he operated a tractor over thousands of acres to remove weeds away from corn plants to give the corn a better chance at survival. As a BYU college student he installed swamp coolers on hundreds of people’s homes, innovated, built and up-sold conduits to channel the water off customer roofs. He also successfully managed the ground organization for Senator Mike Lee’s campaign.

Regarding government, Bill said, “I try and compromise without being compromised.” What a great quote!