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It’s funny how things come full circle isn’t it? Enemies become friends and friends become fellows. Some people freak out over conflict on the web, I can’t help but laugh and tell them to give it some time. People are fickle and flighty. The latest and greatest conflict is next week’s decay. 


 Many of the righteous trip over their words, little shit piles left behind for the flies. They are out there in the world deluding themselves into believing they are preparing a grand feast for the feeding frenzy. What are they really producing? Changing? Have a look for yourself, what manifestations of these oh so powerful people are to be found? If you can’t find a single thing, well… There you go, the proof is in the pudding and sometimes the pudding is nothing but shit. 


The peacocking is a case of the same old shit, with different flies. The illusion of beautiful birds of a feather are more like the horde of maggots to later emerge as the filth of the fly. The average fly lays roughly 500 eggs in a batch, the average life-span of a fly is about a week. The female can lay up to 150 batches, leaving her little maggots about to feed on decay…On shit. 


It’s really not much different than your average drama junkie. They run round and round in circles with scissors looking for some shit to cut up for the feed. Give it a week or two, and they’ve moved on to the cycle of their own decay. If you are observant, you can watch the eggs laid out, the maggots feeding and the matured flies that make it out of the shit pile to lay their own brood. 


Some flies are eaten by predators, and others die from eating the wrong shit. Either you can allow yourself to become annoyed with swatting at flies, or you set the flypaper and make it stick. Trapping flies is easy, exterminating them is more problematic. There will always be flies, because there will always be shit. A never ending cycle of living and decay. 


If you have a brain in that noggin’ of yours then you know not to leave food laying around, and bury your decay deep and out of reach. Shhhh it’s a secret. You don’t behave like a fly, you found yourself caught up in the cycle and break free. Maybe you’ve learned that leaving shit about attracts flies. 


 I’m not your guru, I’m not leading you to some Nirvana of enlightenment. I’m merely a voyeur and social analyst of human behavior. At other times, I’m a trapper of flies…. 



[**The English Idiom: “You can catch more flies with honey, than with vinegar" was first cited in 1666, "A common place of Italian proverbs and proverbial phrases digested in alphabetical order" Giovanni Torriano, later used by Ben Franklin in 1744 in "Poor Richard’s Almanac”.]


Flies are easy to trap with honey, even if they prefer to hang around shit. 


 Keep Sweet!

Thoughts on Practical Reasoning…

 

In the simplest of terms, Practical reasoning is a method by way a person determines how to act by weighing the merits of relative actions.  The practicality of the method is contemplated by first a set of questions:

 

1.     -If the action has yet to be performed, what is the best method to carry it out?

2.       -What should be done, vs. what one desires to do?

3.       -What is the value in doing what one wants to do vs. what one should do?

4.      - What is the quantitate value of the action?

5.       -What considerations have been made to discern if an alternate set of reasons can be determined as well as valued?


Then first-person determinations:


1.       -Finding out for ourselves, either individually or collectively

2.      - Examination of Intention vs. belief

3.    - Couching reasons in evaluative terms, i.e. what would be the most beneficial to do vs. what makes practical sense.


To put it into perspective, here is a common Practical Reasoning exercise:

 

If you put a coin in an empty bottle and insert a cork into the neck of the bottle, how could you remove the coin without taking the cork out or breaking the bottle?

 

Common-sense would tell you that the most practical thing to do is to simply push the cork inside the bottle thereby freeing the opening to empty out the coin.    


Common sense is prudent judgment based on your perception of the situation; it doesn't necessarily involve facts or proven theory.  It may very well be rooted in personal belief; such is the case when one replaces a moral code with a code of Honor.


We lend providence to consensus opinion and peer groups by putting ourselves under rational pressure that brings our beliefs and intentions into compliance. A set of standards of consistency and coherence within a given structure can certainly bring a god to his knees.   In the case of moral laws, for example, it may be considered immoral to break the rules. People find comfort in acceptance and tend to affirm themselves by receiving admiration from others.   In the cases of those that value peer-evaluation, they may examine a relative action by placing themselves in a peer’s shoes and then go on to mimic rather than test what they’re truly made of.


In the case of the corked bottle, context is everything.  Maybe it’s unreasonable to break the rules for immediate gratification but the return serves a higher purpose.


Practical reasoning can often be boiled down to moral reasoning:  A set of demands.  In evaluative terms, when one internalizes weighing merits, it often consists of an internal moral dilemma.  What would the Inquisitor think of my action?  Would I be considered less than reasonable if I just do what I want?  Is my reasoning flawed by the consensus opinion?    Would my peers reject me?  Would my actions be abhorrent to upholding a standard?


At best Ethical Consequentialism and at worst: Slave Morality.


Consider for a moment the norms of what is practical and impractical, valuable and invaluable as well as reasonable and unreasonable.    The character traits you hold are the driving force to take action.  While some may spend a great deal of time evaluating the best course of action to take, others have already carried out the Alexandrian Solution; coin in hand.


Autonomy is Prime.  If I am to govern myself, I’m not going to spend a lot of time waxing philosophical.  My past actions don’t dictate my future nor do they command my person as a Master does a Slave.    There will be times when I take the less practical approach to endure the struggle and at others, the struggle doesn't serve me at all. 


I’ll not live my life as a martyr constantly making sacrifice on principal alone.  Having reasons is often in flux with being reasonable.  There’s a pay-off to being unreasonable.  Sometimes a good thing isn't good enough, a failure is just a failed imagination and being over-confident in my abilities can place me in a situation where I’m putting them to test.   Practical reasoning is damned!


My son stepped up his game in Math.  He'd get all A's with the exception of Math where he performed average.  Average wasn't good enough for him, he kept at it, worked hard and got that damn A.    He wanted it just for the principal of the thing, he wanted it for himself.  He didn't like getting his ass kicked, so he kicked back.



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