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The Logic of Inconsistency July 21, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, People.

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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1. Richard W Scott - July 21, 2011

Change is constant, I think, but not so fast that we see it. I look at what and who I am today, and think back just 10 years, and see a very different person.

For writers, I think, it is a bit easier. We can read our own words, the mirrors of our thoughts, from an earlier time, and see the shift in perception and knowledge.

It is a wonder to observe, but it is also scary.

When I look at my writing of 10 years back I think, how sloppy, how stupid I was. Now I think that 10 years from now I’ll think that about today.

Ah, well.

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

I agree, Rik. When I look at my writing even 1 or 2 years ago, I see vast improvement between THEN and NOW. Practice doesn’t make perfect . . . but we do gain proficiency.

Onwards and upwards!

2. SuziCate - July 21, 2011

Hear ye, hear ye, most excellent post my friend! I am both illogical according to some and inconsistent according to others…and I embrace the fact that I am illogically inconsistent!

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

Thanks, Suzi. Family members and friends often discourage our efforts to be “illogically inconsistent” . . . not necessarily because they liked WHO we were, but because our predictability made their lives easier. I enjoy shrugging off the expectations of others.

Aah . . . that’s better! 😀

3. Judson - July 21, 2011

I love the Muhammed Ali quote … it’s one of the main reasons that I’m not depressed at bing a “late bloomer”. Some things just take time. When I was young, I dreamed of being a writer, but I wasn’t willing to put in the effort. I dreamed of being a performing musician, but I wasn’t willing to risk it. I say that I’ve wasted 30-40 years, but I refuse to let myself go there.

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

I’ve enjoyed the whole of my life . . . because it led to THIS door. And my current vantage point suits me.

I’m glad that you are now enjoying writing and performing on your guitar again. Just think, Grandma Moses waited until her 80’s to start painting. 😉

4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - July 21, 2011

Wholeheartedly agree, except the lobster part. I liked lobster as a kid and like it now!

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

I did order lobster on my birthday ~ a lobster reuben with caribbean slaw. Quite tasty. 😀

5. Tilly Bud - July 21, 2011

I didn’t know there were two meanings, but I see how they are related.

I think Muhammed Ali would be pleased with me 🙂

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

Another of Ali’s quotes that I treasure: “Always remember that you do not have to be what they want you to be.”

Very empowering. 😀

6. Carl D'Agostino - July 21, 2011

I’ve become cynical.reclusive, disappointed, accepting and rejecting at the same time. Am content, however, with life’s simple pleasures, esp grandchildren. Never could imagine looking at ourselves in that light.

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

Maybe being a disappointed cynical recluse is all part of the master plan? 😉

Simple pleasures are life’s treasures. Enjoy!

7. Cindy - July 21, 2011

Getting over the shock of misreading your title as ‘the logic of incontinence’ …

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

You figured if “Granny has a leak” . . . maybe I do too, eh? 😉

8. kateshrewsday - July 21, 2011

Great stuff today, Nancy: one of the best bosses I ever had used to quote Tom Peters I think – who said that the greatest creativity happens on the edge of chaos. (Notice, the edge!) Like a surfer who rides a wave, we can use the momentum life possesses to have the ride of our lives.

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

Love that image . . . surfing on the edge of chaos.

Hang 10!

9. earlybird - July 21, 2011

I think one of the most reassuring things about life is that it’s (we’re) constantly changing. Nothing stays the same.

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

I agree. If we didn’t change, we would stagnate (or rot) . . . moving and flowing through life’s changes is more interesting.

10. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words) - July 21, 2011

Life is change, although I do think sometimes we resist the change and thus end up stuck in a cycle of repetition until we recognize the need to accept that change. I grew up with a mother who labeled me early, a mother who tries to resist change. That has made it hard, sometimes, for me to perceive change as a positive–but I’m finally moving forward and that’s great. I’ve changed!

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

Yay! Change and uncertainty add variety and texture to life. It’s virtually impossible to climb into a rut and stay there.

The Universe has ways to uproot even the mightiest oaks. 😀

11. m - July 22, 2011

Great post and very thought provoking!

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

Thanks, m!

12. Naomi Estment - July 22, 2011

Hear, hear, Nancy – excellently said! Love that last quote, but must admit to not changing my stance on lobster for 40-something years – I still don’t fancy it 😀

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

At this point, I rarely eat shellfish (or fin fish). I don’t fancy it any more, causing lobster lovers to think, “All the more for us.” 😀

13. hugmamma - July 22, 2011

I think change is inevitable mostly because…we grow up. Even if I’d been given the choice to remain a child forever, I’d have missed out on a lot that came after, the good and the not-so-good. And within that framework, I wouldn’t have known the growth and maturity in the love I have for my husband and my daughter.

for that alone…i’d go through life changes all over again… 🙂

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

The physical changes are apparent with a quick glance in the mirror . . . Ack! Is that me?! 😀

Emotional and pyschological changes are less apparent but make themselves known as more water flows over the dam.

For the most part, I’m pleased with how I’ve changed over time . . . except for the wrinkles. Those I could do without. 😉

14. eof737 - July 22, 2011

Change is inevitable whether we do it willingly or kicking and screaming , change will continue in our lives… as I age, gracefully I hope, I find it is easier to go with the flow… 😉 Great post!

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

When we don’t hang on to tight to our habits, change is subtle and graceful ~ escaping notice until we happen upon a retrospective glance.

When we resist, change is sudden, and the ghosts of past, present, and future may haunt our sleep ~ causing us to bound out of bed like Scrooge on Christmas morning, screaming, “I am not the man I was.” 😀

15. William D'Andrea - July 22, 2011

One kind of change is natural for all human beings. It’s called “maturing”, and it’s for the better. On August 3rd, I will become 66 years old, and I know that I’m a much better person than I was 50 years ago; as who isn’t? Who would want to be the way he or she was, at the age of 16?
This past Sunday, I had a confirmation of what I just wrote. We had a visiting woman preacher, at the church. She’s been there before, and she remembered me. She actually said that she was “honored” to know me. Another church woman, who I regard as a close friend, said the same thing. That means things certainly have changed. I have often been told just the opposite.
There was a time when family members let me know that they were ashamed of me, and embarrassed by me. I’ve often been the object of scorn and ridicule. When I was in High School the other kids told me that I was stupid, ugly and a misfit, that no one wanted to have around; especially not the girls. That did me a lot of permanent damage. I don’t want to go into all the details; but by the time I’d graduated, I’d given up on myself.
But now, as I’ve said, things have changed. People who I respect say that they’re honored to know me. I have completed two novels, that have received enthusiasticly positive feedbacks. One of which, “We Citizens Are Good to Eat”, received one feedback saying that I have “Another Harry Potter” on my hands.
If the book does as well as the “HP series”, I wonder what the people who called me stupid will say?

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

Happy (almost) Birthday, William! 😀

Very few of us get out of childhood unscathed. The key is to bounce back as quickly as we can. {{Boing}}

16. Rosa - July 22, 2011

Life would be so boring and static if we never changed! It’s always interesting to learn new things and new ways of thinking. I, for one, embrace change and look forward to seeing what comes next!

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

I agree completely, Rosa. While some changes occur “too soon” and kids grow up “too fast,” it would be terrible to be stuck in a Groundhog’s Day loop.

What would be the point of living the same experiences over and over and over and over without learning anything new?

Sounds horrifying . . . even if the day in question had been the “best day of our life.”

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

Sorry about the hiccup. I deleted the extra comment. 😀

17. souldipper - July 22, 2011

Viva la difference! If it’s being true to oneself, it will be done!

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

Here’s to developing new perspectives from changing vantage points. 😉

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