Correction to Hegel

Y. B. Karasik,
Thoughts Guiding Systems Corp.,
Ottawa, Canada.
e-mail:karasik@sympatico.ca

Recently a person from London UK visited the journal and read the page "corrections_to_winston_churchill.html". I was interested to know what caused the Londoner to do so. I entertained myself with the hope that he might have been interested in Winston Churchill's thoughts and especially their correction. But I was disappointed. It turned out that he simply googled phrase "Shame TRIZ" and found my journal of which he was told that its purpose was to shame TRIZ. No interest in Winston Churchill, his thoughts and moreover their correction motivated him. Simply on the day when he googled "shame TRIZ" Google put that article at the top of its search results. (It does not do it anymore but did it on that day and a few days after, to which I can attest.)

I don't know whether or not reading that article confirmed to the Londoner the opinion that the journal is devoted to shaming TRIZ But the opinions on the goals of the journal varies wildly amongst its readers.

  1. Some believe that the journal is trying to harm spreading of TRIZ in America
  2. Others think that its purpose is to help Karasik to sell his software "The root cause finder"
  3. Still others believe that the purpose of the journal is to emphasize the role of Karasik in TRIZ development and lay claims to various TRIZ ideas.
  4. Still others opine that Karasik is a religious man (because frequently uses words "I believe") and that he presents religious ideas akin to New Age, such as those expressed in his article "A Classification of the Theories of Thinking Matter"
  5. Etc.

In this regard I recalled the Hegel's observation that "A great man condemns people to explicate him" ("Ein großer Mann verdammt die Menschen dazu, ihn zu explizieren"1). What are all these opinions of the journal if not a confirmation of the Hegel's observation? Still the confirmation is not absolutely complete and the observation is not quite accurate. Not only a great man but anyone condemns others to explicate him. The difference is in the number of people interested in doing so. A great man attracts many people wishing to explicate him, whereas a little man attracts just a few, mainly from his immediate family. Sometimes even family members and close friends are not interested in explicating him. Sometimes only a man himself is trying to explicate himself to himself.

Therefore, it would be more accurate to say that "a great man condemns a great number of other people to try to explicate him, whereas a little man condemns a small number (if any at all) of other people to try to understand him". The number of people trying to understand someone is correlated to the greatness of a person to be explained. On this scale the Editor of the journal is apparently somewhere in between. This is yet another thought with which the Editor tries to comfort himself.

R E F E R E N C E S:

1 Hegel, Aphoristische Aufzeichnungen aus der Berliner Zeit, Ausg. Hoffmeister XI, 715