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Buridan’s Ass: When Hobson’s Choice Meets Morton’s Fork…

“Should two courses be judged equal, then the will cannot break the deadlock, all it can do is to suspend judgement until the circumstances change, and the right course of action is clear.”  Jean Buridan

Buridan's Ass: When Hobson's Choice Meets Morton's Fork...

Buridan’s Ass: When Hobson’s Choice Meets Morton’s Fork

Buridan’s ass is an illustration of a paradox in philosophy in the conception of free will. A common variant of the paradox substitutes two identical piles of hay for the hay and water; the ass, unable to choose between the two, dies of hunger.

I know what you’re thinking… What the &(%@$$^$ is this about? Sure, I felt the same way when I read the prompt too. If you had to choose between being able to write a blog (but not read others’) and being able to read others’ blogs (but not write your own), which would you pick? Why? I promise, I tried to ignore it… Life is too complicated to get caught up in a blogging challenge dilemma and, quite frankly, my dearest, dearest reader (melodrama helps), I didn’t care want to tackle the topic. I should have headed for the margaritas mountains and called it a day… but, NOoooo, the researcher in me had to go poking around for philosophical diatribes discourses on paradoxical dilemmas. Oy vey!

“We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision.” Gary Collins

Buridan's Ass: When Hobson's Choice Meets Morton's Fork...

Buridan’s Ass: When Hobson’s Choice Meets Morton’s Fork…

A Morton’s Fork is a choice between two equally unpleasant alternatives (in other words, a dilemma), or two lines of reasoning that lead to the same unpleasant conclusion. It is analogous to the English expressions “between the devil and the deep blue sea”, “between a rock and a hard place”…

Poking around the internet, I even found a riveting article on Psychology Today, The Dilemmas of Paradoxes:Are there ultimate answers in life or only continuing questions? that introduced the idea of PTSD and it’s impact on our ability to find ways to transcend complicated topics spiritually. Okay, how did I get here? I have no idea, but I liked the idea of continuing questions that don’t warrant definitive answers… Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever, I hear some of you say: How the fric-frac did Hobson, Morton and Buridan get in on the act? And why are you not answering the darn question? Read or Write!!? Well, don’t get stroppy with me … that’s my Buridan’s ass in the middle okay? Sheesh. More below!

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Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails…

Optimism is the light of God. It is a form of grace which allows you to be much more perceptive and to look at life with greater clarity.” Amma

Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails... Monkeys at rest

Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails… Monkeys at rest in an outdoor spa

When I started my blog, back in 2008, I was a deer in headlights. I had no idea where it would lead or if it would last but, one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to add a positive note to a tough period in many people’s lives. I was based in Los Angeles at the time, on relocation for an international real estate company, and the real estate market was beginning to shift downward. Our economy was in a downturn and we were all concerned for the future. I signed up for my blog on WordPress.com and Hello World! held future promise. I don’t regret it.

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”  Kahlil Gibran

Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails...

Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails…

Over the years, I have tweaked that first post and added some links to other posts… but my basic blog philosophy and raison d’être remain same. It is the first thing you read/see when you arrive at my blog and sometimes the only thing for some folk. I still believe that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected and that an optimistic approach works best for this blog. The global economic shift vis a vis the economic downturn that started in 2007-08 is still with us. We have either learned to go with the flow, shift directions or stagnate. What would I change? Why? More below!

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