Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Good stuff

The most wonderful thing a person can have in the world, I say again,is a glorious mix of skepticism and passion. Getting the wrong mix isa disaster. The first, in the way I love it, keeps us from only hearingwhat we want to hear, and keeps the good doubts there. The second allowsus to act with severity when the situation calls for it. The good mixthen suggests to us to get the best data we can, act, and should newdata suggest to us enough that we judged badly, for us to change sidesand act again. We might do this more than once, provided we are sureeach time, although the fact of our swap perhaps should indicate tous, after a few times, that we should gather yet more data beforeacting again, out of caution of acting in wrong. Without that skepticism,one's action can be misdirected permanently. Without that passion, onenever acts, and may mistake neutrality for wisdom. I hate to see neutralityin people educated about an issue. They either shouldn't care, or shouldknow enough to judge things. Anything else is an abomination.

I thought I had something else to say, but apparently I have forgotten it.Oh well. It's probably time for me to think about taking a nice longbath, or maybe to go to sleep. My thoughts shall be about her.. :)

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