Friday, February 22, 2008


Choices, she said, are over-rated.

There can only be one choice, he said, choose life.

Free will, I said, is a conscious exercise of choice.

Our decisions and indecisions plague us every day. Every moment, we make a choice, or perhaps not. Things like breathing and blinking, we don’t really decide we want to do them. It’s instinctive, like how your knee jerks when you hit it at the correct spot.

While other choices are born of deep thought, of deliberation. Weighing the costs and benefits. Calculating the investment and returns. And sometimes, it’s about needing to make a choice even when it brings you pain.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So also every choice has an indeterminate and unpredictable effect.

Damned if I do? Damned if I don’t!

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