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Top 10 Reasons to post Top 10 Lists July 21, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Word Play.
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Love them or hate them, here are the Top 10 Reasons to post Top 10 Lists:

10.  Top 10 Lists give us 10 chances to get readers to agree with us.  That’s like getting 10 bites at the apple.  If you take big bites, that’s almost the whole apple, which is great . . . since an apple a day keeps the doctor away.   

9.  Top 10 Lists help us keep our thoughts streamlined and focused with less chance of distraction from unrelated tangents.   Hmm . . . where was I?

8.  Top 10 Lists are good enough for David Letterman, ergo, ipso facto, res ipsa loquitur, they’re good enough for us.  Don’t believe me?  Give me your Top 10 Reasons! 

7.  Top 10 Lists force the muddled up mess of mixed up thoughts into a coherent mass of . . . what’s the word?  Oh, never mind. 

6.  Top 10 Lists rock because 10 thoughts (like 2 heads) are better than one. 

5.  Top 10 Lists are a good investment.  When someone offers us “a penny for our thoughts” . . . we’ll earn a shiny dime.

4.  Top 10 Lists allow us to count our thoughts before they hatch.  Warning: Sharing thoughts without  necessary gestation and incubation may result in claims of premature ejaculation. 

3.  Top 10 Lists are not fragile.  Unlike eggs, we can put 10 thoughts in one basket.  Only crackpot ideas  crack under pressure. 

2.  Top 10 Lists prevent too many thoughts from spoiling the broth. 

1.  Top 10 Lists make anatomical sense.  We have 10 fingers, we might as well put them to good use. 

Of course, as Goofy (and other digitally challenged cartoon characters) have discovered . . .

         Top 8 Lists work too.

No rules.  Just write!

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The Logic of Inconsistency July 21, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, People.
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Wikipedia ~ Crossword (in Public Domain)

Forensics is one of those funny words ~ words with unrelated meanings.

Forensics is defined as “the scientific analysis of crime scenes.”

It also refers to “argumentative discourse and debate.”

In a sense, the two usages are related.

Both require application of research, logic, concentration, and organized thinking skills to solve problems and persuade others.

High School Forensics Teams encourage participants to hone effective communication and presentation skills ~ an obvious advantage during college applications and job interviews.

Later in life they may benefit from:

* Critical and independent thinking
* Intellectual curiosity
* Increased self-confidence and influence as citizens and leaders

That’s all good, but life as a whole is not always logical.  It doesn’t always make sense.  Many aspects of life are not based on reason or rationality.  We don’t need a reason for everything we choose to do . . . or not do.

*  Why do you enjoy the things you enjoy?
*  Why do you dislike the things you dislike?

Often, the answer is “no reason.”   That’s cool.  Our likes and dislikes don’t need to be consistent, logical, or rational.  Some things please us.  Others do not.  We don’t need to analyze and debate every nuance of life.

In fact, when applied in the wrong sphere, logic is merely “an organized way of going wrong with confidence.”

Much of life is a matter of personal preference, based on perspectives that change over time.

I used to enjoy eating lobster.  Over time, that changed . . . I changed.

The transient pleasure of consuming that revered  crustacean no longer outweighed my dismay at killing a denizen of the deep.  I stopped ordering lobster, except on very rare occasions.

I used to enjoy being an attorney.  Over time, that changed . . . I changed.

The intellectual challenge of presenting a case to a jury no longer outweighed my increasing dismay at the dishonesty of so many in the legal profession.  I stopped practicing law and turned my attention to other challenges.

Others do not always understand the changes we make.  They may ridicule our desire to change.  They may encourage us to stick with the known, rather than venturing into unknown realms.   They may poke fun at our “inconsistencies” ~ preferring us to remain predictable.  Those who value consistency may feel superior as they see us “floundering around.”

So be it.

We are not here to be consistent with our previous selves.

We are here to change, and grow, and evolve, and become more fully who we were always intended to be.

There is logic in our inconsistency.

Quote:  A man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. ~ Muhammad Ali

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?

Do you see the logic of inconsistency?  Have you changed over time in ways that didn’t always please others?

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