Thursday, September 2, 2010

sinners and winners

My mother once commented that between sins of omission and sins of commission, she would choose sins of commission every time.

The implication was that when you make a mistake by acting, its lessons sink in as surely as barbed wire.

But when you make a mistake by failing to act, the parameters of that failure are blurred and uncertain.

I don't think this is a vastly-important point since exceptions can be found at every turn, but it has a broad-brush fitness in my mind...even in the face of beard-stroking observations that action and no-action amount to action.

With attention, any sort of action comes up a winner, but if you're as dumb as I am, sometimes a sharp kick in the pants helps.

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