Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Should of Shoulds

Sometimes you can identify that something ought to exist in a way other than the way it does exist.

Response 1: "Something Ought to be different! Something Must be done!"

Response 2: "Okay, but it won't be."

The joke is that neither of these are a real response.

Option 1: be angry about how things are.

Option 2: note that the dissonance you feel is due to dissonance appearing in Reality. Accept that perfection is not possible, perfection is annihilation. Either it's good enough for your purposes, or it isn't. If it is, then benefits > costs, use it anyway. If not, then avoid it. 


Bonus round: accounting also accounts for whether you do anything about it. If there's a positive ROI on some strategy for changing the situation, then use it. Indeed, wonder why it wasn't already used by someone else. If not, then let it be. Things that can't be done won't be done.

But hey, maybe you like being low-key angry. Maybe when you were a kid, you wanted to grow up to be frustrated and outraged all the time. De gustibus etc etc. If so, don't let me stop you.

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