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9 of Processes: Golden Scales

Freude, schöner Götterfunken,

Tochter aus Elysium,

Wir betreten feuertrunken,

Himmlische dein Heiligtum.

Deine Zauber binden wieder,

Was die Mode streng geteilt;

Alle Menschen werden Brueder,

Wo dein sanfter Fluegel weilt.


x'(t)=\lambda x(t)

x=c_0 \exp(\lambda t)


Beethoven's ninth symphony is a coiling dragon with golden scales, eternally twisting into an ever greater, ever tighter crescendo. It is the joy of existing; the joy of being a living being that evolves and acts.


But one could as well exchange the 'joy' of the lyrics with 'freedom'. The meaning would be the same, because free growth towards one entelechy is true joy: it is flow, it is eudaimonia, and it is the happiness we all seek. Unlike the golden clouds of opiates that lull us to sleep and blissful inactivity the hard scales of the dragon urges us to achieve more, to be more, to transcend all limitations in an eternal spiral of ambition and happiness.


Crescendo. Exponential growth. Flow, eudamonic joy. Rising to challenges

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Uploaded on April 2, 2009