Comments: Quote of the Day

Hmmm. That's a little too deterministic for my liking. In this version you may choose one or the other, but not both.

My personal variation on this theme is this:

Don't take chances that have consequences which you would regret having to live with.

Like telling a friend you'll "give him twenty bucks if he can do that (throw a ringer horseshoe) again" just to prove to everyone watching that he's nothing but a lucky stiff. Dang, I'll never do that again.

Posted by johngalt at December 11, 2012 2:37 PM

Two thoughts.

1. Mmmm coffee.

2. I dunno, bro. I think a grown up assigns a certain probability to potential consequences and assesses risk accordingly. "How did I know that lighted match was gonna start a fire?"

I have heard and frequently quote (and need someday to learn details) that Judaism requires a donor to be responsible for efficacy and consequences of charity. I like that -- I was raised on "well, you tried" if you give $500 to a junkie to pay his rent.

My problem with the quote is its seeming absolution for such an assessment -- me miss something?

Posted by jk at December 11, 2012 2:45 PM

Missed jg's in the aether -- I think he and I may be closer on this one.

Posted by jk at December 11, 2012 2:50 PM

The Refugee is always up for coffee. We're kinda overdue.

The Refugee considers this thought in these practical contexts: you can't take out a student loan and then be angry at the bank for expecting it to be paid back; you can't tax producers and fail to recognize what causes unemployment; you can't decide to work a strict 40 hour week and then complain that you neighbor, who works 80 hours, has a larger house; you can't live on other people's money for decades and then riot when they stop giving it to you.

Just to name a few.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at December 11, 2012 3:51 PM

English is a tricky language. I (and, I am guessing, jg) read the exact opposite: that I am not liable for the consequences because "how are you ever going to know? You can't choose consequences..."

I assumed one of my Facebook frineds had stolen your password.

Posted by jk at December 11, 2012 4:05 PM

And, I'm sorry jg, if you really miss the twenty that much, I'll give it back. I had no idea...

Posted by Jk at December 12, 2012 4:16 AM

How about this then, as being more in line with BR's examples: "You can choose your course or action, but the consequences are beyond your control. If a consequence is predictable, and avoidance of it desirable, then choose accordingly."

Posted by johngalt at December 12, 2012 2:26 PM
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