Spare change (theory)

August 3rd, 2015 at 8:16 am

Over at PostEverything. Deep thoughts for a Mon AM in the dog days of summer, but the conclusion–do good stuff!–seems pretty straightforward.

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One comment in reply to "Spare change (theory)"

  1. Tom Cantlon says:

    In this one person’s humble opinion, I agree with the track you’re on to just go ahead and do good stuff and don’t over analyze. You are, however, predicating that on seeing some signs of progress, and, for me, I don’t use progress as the juice to keep me going. I don’t believe the idea that history has an arc toward progress. I think it rolls up and down like anything human. I don’t know if humanity is so flawed we will eventually eliminate ourselves, but it doesn’t matter. I go ahead and do what little bit of good stuff I can both because it’s what I feel ought to be done and because it’s what I want to do. I hope the sum of all the people who do that is effective, but I’m not basing my actions on that. It’s kind of like a nurse of a patient in a coma in critical condition who might or might not die. The nurse just keeps on nursing. Regardless if the patient is too damaged to survive and the nursing could be said to be in vain, the nurse doesn’t do it just if it leads to success. The nurse does it because it’s good anyway. Just keeps doing what a nurse does. The one caveat to that is, it would be easy for that to lead to faint efforts and if they don’t work, shrug it off as unavoidable. No, if efforts are not working one still wants to try everything possible to come up with better efforts. Even if they are working, try to come up with yet more effective efforts. But it’s not dependent on expecting success. It’s not frustrated when it seems to fail. Well, not as frustrated. Even if one could magically know the end of the story and it’s not good, it’s what one feels ought to be done, and what one wants to do. It is uncoupled from dependence on the end result. It is its own.