"As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of the opportunity provided to serve self-interest when Al Gore created the internet; and we should also thank Mark Zuckerburg and Jack Dorsey for creating Facebook and Twitter out of the kindness of their big hearts and not the thinness of their small wallets."
-Ben Franklin, Autobiography (1742)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Edmund Burke Foretells the Downfall of Evil

Edmund Burke was a member of the British Parliament in the House of Commons. He was commonly remembered for his support of the American Revolution. While he was not actually a Founding Father, he was certainly one in spirit and philosophy. Tonight we hear just a snippet of how he foretold the end of evil.

Burke was an incredibly harsh critic of the French Revolution. Especially from 1793-1794 during the Reign of Terror. After thousands of deaths, including the King and the Queen one could only describe the scene as one of evil. In the words of Woody, 'somebody [had] poisoned the water hole'. There seemed to be no way for the French to recover from the death and destruction that was being caused. While Burke generally talked about conservative ideals and how national experiences led to the shaping of their institutions and customs. He also spoke of the presence of evil in our world and how it could easily be expelled.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for google to do nothing."
-Edmund Burke, On the Importance of Strong Algorithms, 1795

While normally Google does nothing. It just sits there and waits for us to search, we would like to note that over the last couple of days they have been up to more than just nothing. They have been hosting the 2011 Developer Conference in San Francisco.

That's right folks, we can expect the end of evil after this conference. Google has already started work on thousands of apps that will seek and destroy evil. While most of these will look like games where the google bird bombs explode destroying evil pigs. Please know that the Droids that Google is employing all across the world are specifically designed and created to exterminate evil. It has only taken 215 years for Google to respond to Burke's calling, but we suppose one could say that end of evil is worth the wait.*

*We realize that you will be unable to find this post via Google search engines, because it combines the word Google and Evil so many times that their algorithm will have surely blacklisted it. That being said, we are quite certain that if you simply type 'Google' into the search bar of Bing that this will fly right to the top.

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