Sunday, October 18, 2009

it's cooler in key wst

Well that was a dramatic shift!
(I mean the Key West weather.)

Yesterday was a sunny 90 degrees and by the time I put my butt to bed it had just gotten dark, there was a light breeze and the temp was 84. When I woke up this morning, it was still dark, the breeze was up a bit and the temperature was 77. Right now, as we speak, it's a gusty breeze, light rain and we're down to 67. (After the extraordinarily hot October we've had, I don't think anybody really minds)

If you asked someone if they'll do this or that and they answer that they can, can't, could or couldn't, that individual lives by dictate. They are influenced by forces outside themselves like religious dogma, societal/political rules or laws.
(motivation by dictate)

Ask another someone to do the same this or that and they answer that they will, won't, would or wouldn't, that individual lives by conviction. They are influenced by forces inside themselves like conscience, intuition and common sense. (motivation by conviction)

Politics and Religion are governed by a prescribed system of rules, a Constitution. . . a Bible. . .
So it follows that the actions of politicians and clerics are motivated by forces outside themselves. (They either can or can't, according to the dictate of the rules)

Which probably explains why lobbyists are so successful.

On the other hand, Social Service and Spirituality are governed by personal choice and, it follows that the actions of Social Workers and the Spiritually Minded are motivated by forces within themselves. (They either will or won't according to the conviction of their conscience)

Which probably explains why each are so woefully

In a "perfect world", both methods of motivation, dictate and conviction, might be a good thing. But human nature being what it is, it doesn't seem like a "perfect world", "healthcare reform" or an end to "the wars" will be in the cards
any time soon.

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