January 21, 2008
We never know enough to make a “certainty” decision. That’s why essay questions drive students crazy. They are the first way school is like life – Everywhere else the answers are in the back of the book – Wouldn’t that be nice elsewhere in our lives?
Imagine doing enough research so you would have all the facts. Truth is – sad to say – that even knowing the facts doesn’t make the decision automatic or right. Doesn’t matter – we never do know all the facts and we make almost no effort to even find out. That’s not how we make decisions, anyhow.
I just finished reading Crichton’s State of Fear – a book I have prejudicially avoided because the buzz was that he was anti-environmental sustainability. The book is in opposition to much of what I believe. But Crichton’s assertions are very well researched – very. And I have to question how I’ve arrived at my beliefs – particularly because I’m not going to read Crichton’s research material, nor do I fully study other research material – whether it’s favorable to my beliefs or not.
In fact – in most areas of my life – I learn (that is, I believe) based on trust, on credibility, on authenticity…. on all sorts of things other than accumulation and assimilation of data.
I’d love to hear your insights on this – How do you make decisions?
You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.
If we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of our snap judgments.
It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.
One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Until I Act
Life has no green room,
Toying with trays of nibblies,
waiting to go in.
In full comfort, relaxed or nervous –
There are no wings
Reviews are not in first editions;
There are no first editions
Or said another way
there are only first editions
The what-ifs have to disappear
They cannot interfere
The only things for here
Are these shows
for possible tomorrows
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