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Monday, June 13, 2011

virtues, Priorities,introspection and ill fit shoes..



          Are goodness and virtue mere thoughts, are they mere form, or, are they active principles manifested in human action? Different people answer these questions differently.. "how does it matter what you do, so long as your intentions are good?" asked one set of people. According to them what motivates action is more important than the action itself. To counter the above argument its opponents cite:"Even the way to hell is paved with good intentions". The world is shaped in the last analysis by what one does and not by what one thinks. Such a formulation, however, creates an artificial dichotomy between thought and action. Good thoughts ensuing into rectitude of conduct is what one would ideally like to have. The springs of all actions lie in the human mind.However, there is a distinct possibility of there being a bottleneck between the two, aborting the translation of the conceptual into the actual. This makes it imperative to stress the practical importance of action. The ideally good is not merely a matter of looks. What matters is the substance-that which lies beneath the veil of surface appearances. It is in this sense that handsome is he who handsome does.
            Priorities are different for different people, as to what they possess, dream, like, obsess,want, desire, their comfort and convenience. Some might need to live large, while some might stress on living simple.Sometimes it so happens that we want to fit in to a shoe that is a size large or small, both might and will lead to pain.Introspection might be rather misleading to us, is when we attempt to predict our future feelings. Try imagining how you would feel living in a new city, being fired from your current job, or living with a person for several years. When you are not in these specific circumstances, you might not be able to actually predict how you will respond when you are in them. This applies to both positive and negative future circumstances. When we think about something terrible happening to us and try to predict how we would feel one year into the future, we focus exclusively on the awful event and neglect all the other factors that will contribute to our happiness level then. This means that people predict that they would feel much worse than they actually would when this future time arrives. Likewise, for positive events, if we focus on only its occurrence, we wil mispredict our happiness as being considerably higher than the actual moderate feelings that are likely one year later. Does this all mean that introspection is inevitably misleading, and is in fact potentially harmful? It depends on what we analyze about ourselves. When the behaviour in question is actually based on a conscious decision-making process - and is not based on unconscious factors.So, a checklist created with the priorities of your slim blond best friend, is like you trying to fit in to her shoe, the shoe might be a christian louboutin, but you cant just fit into it, because it is just not your size :-P

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