You do not tarry
At the cemetery
Except to visit
One who isn’t.
(Here is the Wikipedia article on Ogden Nash.)
Benson, Wells, and PIV are in agreement about the translation of ‘paragraph’ into Esperanto (‘alineo’ for the general notion, and ‘paragrafo’ for the formal notion). Butler’s treatment is at variance with theirs and should, I believe, be disregarded.
Can there be any doubt about it?
If everyone would learn Esperanto, it would be an immense economic stimulus and permanent boost for the world economy, when companies can be formed with total liquidity, no longer stopped by the language barrier, or bigoted viewpoints. Esperanto is the original rising tide that lifts all boats. As successful investors will tell you, diversification is king. But nothing supports diversity / diversification like Esperanto does. Esperanto’s star is on the rise.
The Sorites paradox (aka ‘paradox of the heap’) disappears as soon as you take the blinders off and make use of something that everybody knows and is expressed in many ways throughout literature, namely, that the essential contribution is made by the outsider (e.g., Shane). The so-called Sorites paradox is merely proof of that fact. It can be viewed as a special case of the fact that it is others, not you, who are the best judge of what you have done. You’re building a pile, grain by grain? It is for others, not you, to say when you have finished. A workman, no matter how good, isn’t finished until his boss says he’s finished. Notice that you can manufacture paradoxes by suppressing fundamentally false presuppositions. For example, the fundamentally false (but entirely natural) presupposition that all sets are countable quickly leads to a contradiction in mathematics, via the diagonalization argument of Cantor.
The cost of togetherness is exp(x), where x is the distance from home. Since this is positive even for x = 0, only Brownian motion (whose social counterpart is homelessness) – which can be defined as needing to traverse an infinite distance to reach home – escapes this cost.
Butler fails to offer ‘elturniĝema – resourceful’ under ‘turn-‘.