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A Brief Musing



Do you think much about logic? There are probably folks who do but I suspect they constitute a very small minority. Even for the logic obsessed few, they probably limit their syllogism consumption to only a few a day for fear of overdosing. They fully appreciate Rabindranath Tagore’s warning, “A mind all logic is like a knife all blade.” No, I don’t think Tagore’s point for the knife all blade had anything to do with being sharp through and through, as appealing as that may be. I suspect he was more aligning with the “mind all logic” is not a great thing camp. We need a handle, a place to grab and hold. – Save that thought. We’ll need it in a bit.

Along with logic being something we can overdo, it is also something we can pursue too far. According to Samuel Butler, “If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.” I think his point may have better been made by suggesting pursuing logic too far can lead to the counter-intuitive; but I am quoting Samuel Butler here and who am I to nit pick? Logical thinking, unlike most regular thinking, is highly linear. It proceeds according to its own …, well, its own logic. Sure, logicians would tell us to go back and examine our premises if we trust our reasoning and still doubt the validity of our conclusions; but Butler had a point. We really can over-think things at times. We sometimes do well to just go with the flow. – Another thought to hold onto for a bit.

Most of us also tend to behave as if all questions have answers, all problems have solutions, and we can always figure things out if we are clever enough, smart enough, and persistent enough. The idea is anything less than full success reflects badly on us and means we just aren’t up to it. It’s sort of like when Oscar Levant observed, “She has the answer to everything and the solution to nothing.” Not having a solution has to be someone’s fault or we often behave as if that were true. Let’s accept as our premise, it isn’t necessarily that way. Sometimes logic and reason, brain power and being sharp, as desirable as they are, just don’t cut it. Things are as they are; what happens is what happens; and what will be really is what will be. A certain amount of chaos is merely a part of life and living.

I think we have established our premise. We need a handle to hold onto as we go with the flow through the chaos of our lives. Anything else is illogical, nay unreasonable.

Always pause to think things through.

That’s the logical thing to do.

But when logic fails and you just don’t know,

Hang on and go with the flow.

Here’s a Bonus Musing



I ran across this from Steven Wright. “When I get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask me if I’m leaving.” It got me to thinking about how often my annoyances are due to other people being bored and having nothing better to do.

“Dear Steven, Get a life. If you have nothing better to do than sitting in your car counting how many people wish you would go do something else, it seems likely you do not have the mental capacity to get a life without serious psychiatric assistance. Unfortunately, even that may not help. You may be just too far gone.”

I should probably have more compassion and understanding for unfortunate souls like Steven. Yep, I definitely should but what are the odds of that? Does “When cows fly,” come to mind? I am busy, want a parking space, and have no time to commiserate with Steven.

Yes indeed, I am way too busy to be bored or to give any thought or consideration to the plight of folks who annoy me due to their boredom, or whatever else may be causing their annoying behavior. I quite simply do not have any unused time or energy to waste on them. I want them to just quit interfering, quit doing whatever annoys me.

I hope this is not a picture of typical me, although I am sure at times it is. It may be most of us have a little inclination in there somewhere to emotionally, socially, or mentally brush people off, ignore them, or insensitively reject their overtures when they get in the path of our interests, activities, or ambition. “It is an I world and I am busy, too busy to bother with you.”

When I think I’m too busy and have no time to spare,

I won’t forget it’s YOU who is there.

I can at least take a minute to find out what you need,

Before I move on, get back up to speed.

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