Random Things I Have Learned In Life #1

You, and you alone, are responsible for the decisions you make, and your actions.

Your actions affect others. These effects ripple outward like ripples from a stone thrown into a pond.

Your actions inevitably have repercussions. Wrong actions result in pain of one sort or another. Correct actions result in rewards, or less pain.

Inaction is a type of action. Failure to maintain your health, or your equipment, or manage your garden or government, will result in failure of same. Therefore, the decision not to act is a bad decision. This is fundamentally based on the Second Law of Thermodynamics (1), often exacerbated by human greed.

You should analyze both long-term and short-term effects of any intended action before committing that action. Failure to do so can result in an act that at first seems correct, but later turns out to be wrong. A person who falls into this trap is known as a “sucker”. Apply diligence to avoid this. (2)

Misunderstanding the true situation can also result in actions that seem correct but turn out to be wrong, with bad results. If this happens because you were too hasty (or lazy) to study the situation thoroughly, then you deserve the results. But it is possible for this to happen because events simply did not allow you time to study it; or because facts have been obscured by others intentionally for their gain; in this case, you are a victim. Either way, you must bear the results. (2)

The previous two statements apply to many things, among them: voting; taking out loans; giving loans; picking a spouse; changing employment; and many others.

Whether you realize it or not, God loves you. Act like it.

All’s well that ends. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)

Robert A. Heinlein once wrote “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity”. He was right.

Be aware of your own fallibility. The great majority of all vehicular accidents by young people occur because they don’t think they will make mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes, including you. Plan for it. This is why older people drive slower than young people. They understand that stuff happens, and they are allowing for it. Especially when driving, things can go from “just peachy” to “Oh my God we’re gonna die!!” in about 1/5 of a second.

In the same vein, no matter how good you are, you will screw up. Get used to the idea. A person who is convinced he or she will not ever screw up is very annoying to those of us who know the truth. But it can also be fun to watch when such a person is confronted with reality.

For Heaven’s sake, do not confuse what you see in movies with reality!

It is an act of stupidity to walk or drive while texting or talking on a smart phone. Likewise, drinking or drugs.


(1) The Second Law of Thermodynamics basically states that in any closed system, disorder increases as time passes. That is to say, everything put together eventually falls apart.

(2) Example: Voting for Obama.

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