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  •  Aristotle taught we are what we repeatedly do (13+ / 0-)

    Thus, we cannot easily distinguish between ends and means. The means we choose define who we are, and choosing who we are is the end (purpose) of life.

    "Seeing our planet as a whole, enables one to see our planet as a whole" - Tad Daley

    by Bill White on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 05:22:27 PM PST

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    •  Social scientists have a term for that (1+ / 0-)
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      Cassandra Waites

      it's called "Path Dependence." You make a choice, and it constrains the further choices you have available to you. As an analytical tool, it's great for predicting the arc of some social phenomenon or trend.

      But as a real-life thing, it plays out more like this: Make enough choices that keep the child in the cell, and it's nearly impossible to figure out how to undo those choices to get back to the point at which you could have freed the child.

      It sucks, frankly.

      Comfort the disturbed. Disturb the comfortable.

      by Killer of Sacred Cows on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 12:33:19 PM PST

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