Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

互联网新软件、新工具的诞生层出不穷,那些看似花哨,复杂,取巧的系统工具们,也许从old guys的视角来看,怎么都难以逃脱重新发明轮子的嫌疑。这大概就是技术成长的必经之路:就像轮子本身,从远古被发明至今,形形色色的车轮不断的出现,但是每一种都有其特定应用场景,不同的材质,不同的设计,被安置到不同的载体之下,不断刷新着效率的记录。

轮子被重新发明,也就是演进的需要。老的问题消失了,新的问题来临,相应的轮子也需要调整。

社会效率整体是向着高效的方向前进的,一切硬件,软件,以及人和知识体系都在向这个方向前进。old guys要被抛弃,old ways要被放弃。站在旧有的立场,即将到来的一切甚至有些恐怖:因为变化太大;站在新来者的立场,原有的一切都需要被打破:因为效率太低。

也许这本没有什么大惊小怪,200年前的人们面对新生力量的冲击,也许发出的惊叹声并没有比我们现在小多少,只是一个相对值吧了。

或者,这真的就是一件值得大惊小怪的事情,因为处于拐点之上,无论新人老人都没有理解这个拐点的意义有多大,不过埋头前行,抬头抱怨罢了。

放一首 Robert Frost 的诗歌,
近几年经常能体会到诗中的心境,也常常试图保持诗中的心境。

 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promise to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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