(or: What do you Want to Do Tonight?)

If someone tries to take over the world,
I predict that they will not succeed.
The world is like an Open Source project:
not something that can be seized and taken.
Take action with force, and suffer defeat;
seize with force, and grasp nothing.

The ten thousand programs:
some gain market share, some lose it;
some are hot, some are not;
some rise to the top, some fall into obscurity.

Therefore, the Consultant
avoids the overengineered,
disregards the marketing,
disbelieves the hype.


chapter notes:

I have introduced Open Source here in place of “sacred vessel”, reversing the sense of the comparison with the world.

In the second verse, the original text refers to “things” only, and does not have the “ten thousand” here.