Humans are not engines.
Yet some similarities can be drawn.
An engine can function well or poorly.
The internal mechanisms function well when engineered with precision and operated within tolerance levels.
Engines can be temporarily pushed beyond specifications for short periods of time without risk of burnout or stalling.
But if you run an engine too fast, you risk burnout.
If you run an engine too slow, you risk stalling.
Operating outside of tolerance levels, you end up with a nice looking collections of parts that are not functioning.
While humans are not engines, we also have something akin to precision engineering and levels within which we can function that could be referred to as tolerance levels.
I would call that “pace”.
We each have a pace. We have several paces within which we can operate.
Within each pace setting we can perform difference functions.
Confusing proper pace setting and functions needed can result in improper function.
For example: sleep. If you want to sleep, which is one of our pace levels, activities or utilizing products that increase our physical and mental pace do not generally encourage sleep function.
Likewise, utilizing activities or products which encourage sleep do not generally assist us in high activity functions.
Yet, here is the interesting thing:
While we are precision engineered, we are done so to specifications that are unique to each of us.
Caffeine generally encourages high activity functions. Yet for some, caffeine encourages sleep function.
There are some general patterns humans-as-engines *tend* to follow and yet, such patterns are not universal.
It is important to notice your pace and paces and which things encourage the proper pace needed for you to function properly at the needed setting.
If you are in charge of other temporal (time utilizing) beings, such as children or adults or animals or traffic patterns, it is imperative that you assess the proper needs for the required paces BOTH of the beings-as-averaged-group and ALSO with regards to subtypes WITHIN and OUTSIDE OF the averaged group.
Ideally, identify pace on an individual level. This will provide optimum results for all.
This means: if possible, do not push. You may be pushing someone who is already at their operational limits to areas outside of their functionality.
But also, do not ignore for that will also bring someone who may have higher pace needs into the wrong state for your purposes and you will not get the performance you desire.
Naples, FL USA
[original article: http://temporalabuse.com/analogy-engine/ ]