Later, after thinking about it for a while, I got in touch with him again to probe his meaning, but he retracted the phrase and told me (more or less) that he merely meant that the results of any causal learning endeavor must be seen on the bottom-line -- and “as a business person, I would not say this is negative.”
Please do not get me wrong. I appreciate this person, and what he is saying.
But why would he have initially used those words? Did something in his subconscious suddenly emerge, revealing a true but unwanted feeling? Do we all have “beasts” within our lives -- circumstances that always seem to threaten us that are easily placated but difficult to permanently resolve? Are we more willing to merely keep the beast satisfied than to do whatever it takes to remove the beast (including “killing” it if necessary)? Are we all prisoners, in effect, of these beasts -- who demand more and more, “or else?” What are the “beasts” of our “business lives?” Are we merely them by “feeding” them? Would we be better off without them? If so, what would be the meaning of “killing the beast?”
So many questions. What are your thoughts?