Junior Ganymede
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Choice and the Body

August 22nd, 2017 by G.

I sat down in a chair and suddenly was very tired. For a bit, I was too tired to get up or even think about getting up.
Then I reached a point where I physically could have got up if I had decided to, but I was too tired to decide to. The choice wasn’t there.
Finally I reached a point where I could consider and decide. I was still tired, but I had things to do, so I could weigh the options and pick one.

In a very different context a few hours later I went through the same three bodily stages. Unable to even consider an alternative; able to consider it but unable to choose it; able to choose it, if I chose.

It seems to be a pattern.

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August 22nd, 2017 06:06:04

Bruce Charlton
August 22, 2017

I wasn’t sure whether this was a parable or a slice-of-life, or both, or neither…

And whether to worry about you – or think!

August 23, 2017

A child neither comprehends what must be done, nor is capable of doing it.

A young adult can comprehend what must be done, but still lacks the wherewithal to do it.

An adult comprehends what must be done, and has hopefully acquired the ability act on what he knows.

Bruce Charlton
August 23, 2017

“An adult comprehends what must be done, and has hopefully acquired the ability act on what he knows.”

Unless he is ill…

Actually, some adults – including some geniuses – frequently or nearly-always lack the ability to act on what they know. They may begin alright, but seldom follow-through…

Or maybe that is the mortal human condition, in a nutshell? (Which is why repentance, not ceasing to sin, is at the heart of Jesus’s teaching.)

From Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien:

‘We will come’, said Imrahil; and they parted with courteous words.

‘That is a fair lord and a great captain of men,’ said Legolas. ‘If Gondor has such men still in these days of fading, great must have been its glory in the days of its rising’.

‘And doubtless the good stone-work is the older and was wrought in the first building,’ said Gimli. ‘It is ever so with the things that Men begin: there is a frost in Spring, or a blight in Summer, and they fail of their promise.’

‘Yet seldom do they fail of their seed,’ said Legolas. ‘And that will lie in the dust and rot to spring up again in times and places unlooked-for. The deeds of Men will outlast us, Gimli.’

‘And yet come to naught in the end but might-have-beens, I guess,’ said the Dwarf.

‘To that the Elves know not the answer,’ said Legolas.

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