The Importance of Arbitrary Limits

What is the point of an arbitrary limit? Why set for yourself boundaries that mustn’t be crossed? With the entire world of art and letters, politics and emotion and everything else before you, why choose a number of words as the defining characteristic?

Why, indeed.

We might as well ask why an apple is round, or why birds have hollow bones. Weight, height, depth, length… these are physical limitations, constraints to which the organisms responds. Working within them, novel solutions – often amazing solutions – arise which pave the way to achieving the ultimate goal.

We set limits because therein glories lie.

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