An interesting threesome

Ok, upfront: This is not the naughty kind of threesomes. I am sorry if you thought that, especially since I did try to see if I could boost the views by alluring. Sorry to have cheated you. But hey… Since you seem interested in relations to other people; have a look around the blog.

Ok, with the introduction out of the way, I would like today to talk about choosing a strategy for how you approach life and doing good deeds.

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Let’s draw a triangle and say that each point represents a mode that you can approach life with. In the lower left you have analysis, in the top decision, and the lower right corner you have execution. This framework can be viewed as praxeology if you like. In every situation we as humans face we can choose one of these options. We can contemplate on the issue at hand, go about our usual business or take a decision to change. It seems to me that in many situations, people either just continue doing what they have always done, or they think and talk, but make no decision – That surely is the situation in Danish politics right now.

It is not hard to understand really. Taking a decision can be dangerous; you might pick the wrong path, or you become vulnerable to criticism. But we need to take decisions. This has been known to humanity for a long time. Just think of Dante (1321) in his Divine Comedy (Inferno III) He thought that Heaven and Hell were only for those that actually did something with their life. The rest, the lazy, the neutral and the overthinkers-and-underdoers would go to ante-hell. A place outside everything in the afterlife. Because they failed the test of life: To make something justifiable of it. In his view, people who lived ‘without occasion for infamy or praise’ were not even worthy of condemnation. Even if you are not religious that is worth contemplating.

Our human ability to decide a different approach to the world is what has propelled human civilization to its current amazing level of progress. Most humans now live longer and longer and have better and better lives – and the rest will eventually. But this requires that some humans acts as leaders and make a decision to set us on a new cause. I hope that you dear reader will be such a leader and show people kindness. You know that getting a smile from a stranger makes your day, so start smiling, and keep doing it even if other people don’t always smile back. So think about this, take the decision to be nicer and then act on it. Please.

Because we need kids to start punk bands, and we need entrepreneurs to start companies, and we need people to smile to strangers on the street.

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