[The law of information theory says that] in an isolated system, information can decrease or maintain its current value, but it cannot increase.
Stanislaw Lem (1)
Am I an isolated system in this isolated village high in this mountain range in central Portugal? I wake in the middle of the night aware of my perch maybe 2,000 metres high and worry whether the taxi will return for me the following day. It’s not an easy place to get to or leave, and the local people have a tendency to smile beatifically when they say, No. No taxis here. No bus. No rooms in the village. No problem getting to that high hotel by foot.
Two alternatives: either to make oneself infinitesimally small, or to be so. The former is perfection and hence inaction; the latter a beginning and therefore action.