does what they think is best all the time.
everyone goes through the 'I should have done x instead of y' at times, but
the fact remains that you thought x was the best action at the time you took
it. Having thought about it, I've come to the conclusion that this is true
all the time. The passengers and crew on United Airlines flight 93 on
9/11/01 evaluated the situation and decided that it's the best
course of action was to attack the hijackers (even though they would
probably cause the plane to crash, and themselves to die), because they knew
that their aircraft was probably going to be used to attack Washington, D.C.
Savant in her column in
Parade (16 June
2002) concurred with me, writing "Fanaticism is characterized by the
refusal (not inability) to think rationally. The same dark deeds
that once were justified by 'the Devil made me do it' are now
justified with the excuse 'my God made me do it.'"
if a person is acting on instructions perceived to be from a higher
being, there's no way to dissuade them from acting.
Example: if a
man believes that God told them to destroy all squirrels because they're
worshipers of Satan, there's no way to convince him otherwise.
a person gets, the faster any particular time period will appear to pass.
I believe that a person judges time as compared to the total time
of that person's memory. A child's memory has a short period of memory, an
old person has a much longer memory of time, therefore the time will appear
to speed by.
one year seems endless to a child (especially when they're anticipating an
event like a birthday). A four year old will (at most) remember a year as
1/4 (25%) of their entire lifetime, while a twenty year old person will
remember a year as 1/20 (5%) of their life and a fifty year old as 1/50
as one ages, time appears to pass faster.
the reasons of the recent rise of crime is lack of responsibility.
if one commits a crime and 'gets away with it', they'll be more likely to
commit another. If they were were required to take responsibility for their
actions, once would often be enough and recidivism would
smokers discarding butts, drivers running stop signs. If the smokers
were required to retrieve their discarded butts, and those drivers were
certain to be ticketed, they would be unlikely to repeat their
Corollary: firearms make it easier to avoid
responsibility (drive-by shootings
being a good
example). If other weapons (i.e. knives) were the only ones available,
such crimes would decrease since it would be more unlikely that the
perpetrators would escape responsibility. Therefore
easily available firearms contribute to increase in crime.
looking for a job, no matter what position you're seeking, you're in
you have to sell yourself to your potential employer, that you are
the best candidate to fill the job vacancy. After you get the job you
start doing what you were hired for, but until you're hired your job is
to sell yourself.
Corollary: when you're seeking a
promotion, this rule is also true.
A friend is someone who, when they ask, "How are you?"
really wants to know.
Explanation: "How are you?" has become a common greeting,
with "Fine, how are you?" the expected response. Neither of the people
involved really wants to know how the other is. A friend really
wants an accurate answer to the question because he or she is concerned
about you, which is an indication of friendship.
The older one gets, the more conscious one becomes of
Explanation: A young child has no understanding of the
meaning of death. Teen-agers look upon death as something which
happens to the elderly, not to someone of their age, thus they think they
can't die because they're too young (hence some engage in highly
dangerous activities). Middle-aged people have seen elderly relatives
pass on, and especially after their parents die do they realize that they're
the next in line. The elderly have had siblings or friends of similar
age to themselves die, and now have to accept that are closer to death than
It is better to spend the minimum on
what is required, so more can be spent on what is desired.
Explanation: Why spend more than
necessary on things you don't really want (like taxes and toilet
paper); if you spend less on such, you have more to spend on what you
Corollary: this is true with time
as well as with money. The minimum time spent on commuting
(although some is desirable to separate work from non-work), the
more time to spend on things you want.
Therefore it is best to retire
as early as possible unless there's nothing else you'd rather be doing.