Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
mckitterick

decisions

I just finished reading a fantastic novel-nominee for the Campbell Award (that would be Glasshouse by Charles Stross, a far-future novel set in the universe he invented for the near-future Accelerando), and it really got me thinking. One thing in particular was about decisions. I'm putting these thoughts here as much for myself as to share with you.

We all know that decisions can be difficult. Some decisions feel literally impossible to make, because once we make a decision, we have to live with the consequences. Some consequences feel unbearable. Can you live with the consequences? That's how to make informed decisions.

Some times the consequences of making a decision one way or the other both feel unbearable. However, simply not deciding does not simplify things, because there are consequences to not making a decision, too. I guess one could both avoid making a tough decision while also avoiding considering the consequences, but that won't stop you from having to live with the fallout or blessings, because you might end up living with other consequences, and those are often unforseeable. It's just a way of living one's life without having to take responsibility for how things turn out. I guess this is how people who cause themselves great harm to their health, both emotional and physical, get to the point of damaging themselves: They don't consider or face consequences.

I'm sure many of you are saying, "Why make such a big deal about this? It's not such a profound thought." Well, good! That means this stuff is easy for you, and I bet that helps a lot in life.

Anyhow. Here's hoping your decisions lead to happiness and health.

Best,
Chris
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