Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I received an email from the BMA to sign an online petition to the government for movement on the SAS contract. I signed the petition – despite Cialdini’s observation that petitions act only on the petitioner creating an activist, defining self, rather than the petitioned.
I wonder: does knowing this mitigate the effect? I expect it does to some small extent. Such adjustments are never complete (cf. anchoring bias).
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I have long had a problem doing less. There are so many important things to learn and do that choosing is difficult. I am reminded though that there are an infinite number of things to do and very limited time in which to do them, so ultimately, we all have to choose our “Yes!” carefully.
This then is everyone’s essential task: to decide or discover what is important.
I searched Google for “what is important” and got 896,000,000 results.
“Why?” That is the beginning.
I value life. I value life because we have only one life to live. I know nothing of what came before or what comes after. I know that something came before and that something comes after, but I am not convinced that my identity has been continuous. An amnesiac is not the same person as his premorbid self.
I value life because the living have agency. I know that I can effect. Control is an illusion; agency is not.
My problem is what to effect.