This post is about decisions.
How do we get to make them?
Have we already made decisions since before we learned the words to describe them with?
If so, what had to happen before we made our first?
Energy doesn’t do arguments.
Instead, energy invents and creates.
More choices than any word-user can handle.
Since the beginning of words that energy invented, our ancestors invented the word-accelerators.
We measure our own IQ.
Why don’t we measure energy’s IQ instead?
Schools teach it’s the sane thing to do.
Why do schools not teach the insane thing is being done instead?
Energy has created more choices than the word-users can handle.
For us to make more choices means making more words.
It’s the only way.
But look at what words have done to us and the wordless.
What the wordless want, they’re not saying for self-evident reasons, they don’t have words to say it with.
The word-users want more of the same.
Are you one of them?
From more choices than we can handle, we make decisions.
It’s our decisions, not our choices, that determine our destiny.
Choices have got nothing to do with it.
Every decision you made, make, and will make, is about how you respond.
A decision for itself has no raison d’être.
WHAT YOU WANT
When you know what you want, the decision on how to respond is already made.
This post visits each of the above briefly.
One by one.
All kinds of things are being said about decisions.
Depending on what is saying them.
What you believe is a question of character and personal preference.
To each their own.
Decisions, part 2
Just as our children begin before they are born, so our decisions begin before they are made.
Before DECISION even appears on the scene, the stars on the stage are ENERGY, INTELLIGENCE, and CHOICE.
Energy cannot be destroyed.
Meanwhile, it creates and invents.
As far as we can tell, it creates and invents since the beginning of itself.
Like it or not, it is outside of the word-users’ control.
Energy doesn’t need the word-users, but we need it, not because we’re free, but because energy was there first.
Energy, part 2
On planet Earth, energy has been around for 99.9997% of the time that Earth has been around (Earth-Time).
In fact, energy invented Earth.
Words and we — the word users — have been around for the most recent 0.0003% of the time on Earth only.
Makes you wonder how energy has managed…
- without words
- without us
- without a day at school
…for 99.9997% of Earth-time.
Or doesn’t it?
It has us wondering at the same time, of course, how in nothing but 0.0003% of the time on Earth, the words and word-users have mismanaged Earth into its current state.
Energy, part 3
- In the solar system, the sun is energy in the form of 90% hydrogen.
- The mass of the sun is estimated at 1.989 x 10^30 kg, meaning 99.8% of the solar system is energy.
- The word-users often mistake the sun and solar system for the universe, energy, or gods.
I have no idea why that is.
But I suspect it’s enough energy and water the future generations of word-users will ever need — provided the energy doesn’t disappear first.
Be it as it may, the energy has us wishing for the serenity to accept what we cannot change, the courage to change what we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Energy, part 4
Energy invented the planet, the cells, the plants, the animals, the eyes, the brains, the words, and the word-users — that is you and me.
Without a day at school, how did energy know?
Naturally, we ask whether energy is good, better, best, thorough, creative, perfect, bad, a mistake, or an accident.
Energy only knows.
Either way, our ancestors used the energy in turn, to invent the word accelerators…
…as well as more fictional figures than anyone can handle.
The fictional figures invented by us include the Mad Hatter, gods, Santa Claus, James Bond, Little Red Riding Hood, Superwoman, Frankenstein, and countless others.
At the end of the word-accelerators, formerly known as the world wide web, the internet now gobbles up and spits out more words faster than anything invented for that purpose before.
What next is every word-user’s guess.
To each their own.
Energy, part 5
Energy doesn’t do arguments.
Arguments take word-users that learn words from their at the schools the parents, preachers, and teachers built.
We’re the only animal that builds schools…
- …to learn words
- …to ensure we understand the stories told by parents, preachers, and teachers.
Energy invented us, rather than the other way ‘round.
Yet we measure our IQ instead of the energy’s.
How many examples do you know of a less intelligent thing measuring the intelligence of a more intelligent thing?
Some word-users far less intelligent than energy accuse energy of having done a shoddy job creating evolution.
If that were true, all clouds would be identical, all nuts hazel, all birds swans, all flowers roses, all words the first, and all word-users would know the story of words.
But every word-user with eyes to see can see that the opposite is true.
Energy has invented more choices than word-users can handle.
Between 1.2 million and 155 billion English words, among which:
- 10 numbers
- 12 music note systems
- 45 ibilities
- 118 elements
- 254 abilities
- 300 feelings
- 391,000 plants
- 2,130,000 animals
- Plenty of great ideas to learn from and copy
- Millions of well-executed projects with their steps on display
- Billions of words not mentioned above
- Infinite numbers of dreams
- Depending on what you ask and trust
- With more added as we speak
- Not counting the non-English words
A highway of diamonds with hardly anyone on it.
Choices, part 2
Some famous word-users are working hard to make you believe that you make choices.
Unless you invent more words, that’s impassable, and if the most recent 0.0003% of Earth-Time are anything to go by, inventing more words is inventing more of the same.
When in the beginning was the word, the number of words was 1 (one).
13,750 years later, the number of words is between 1.2 million and 155 billion.
Depending on what you ask.
See the state the world is in?
See where millions of words have gotten us?
You make decisions.
100% of the time.
When you don’t decide, you have already made a decision.
That’s because no decision is also a decision.
Some say that’s impossible.
They’re saying the same thing.
Decisions, part 2
There is a war…
…between the genders
…between the rich and the poor
…between the liars and the honest
…between the left and right
…between the black and white
…between the odd and the even
…between the ones that say there is a war and the ones that say there isn’t
…to name a few
What wants more of the same?
Gimme a break.
Decisions, part 3
Every decision ever made was about how we respond to what’s going on within and without.
Everything we know is a word, so everything we respond to are words.
Makes you wonder what the wordless respond to, doesn’t it?
Your journey, your age, and your responses have in common that they are seasonal.
Your responses can look different depending on the season you’re in.
Pay attention to that and you’ll make better responses.
Not paying attention to your decisions is like not paying attention to your stars in the full sun.
They’re there just the same.
Before the day is over, someone will want you to believe a lie, such as the lie that decision-making is complicated, complex, multifaceted, and hard.
But that’s nothing but that liar’s words.
It doesn’t apply to you.
Believe Bruce Lee instead.
At least he knows what he’s talking about.
Decisions are neither complicated, complex, multifaceted, nor hard — when you know what you want.
On the contrary, when you know what you want, the right decision can create certainty for you in an uncertain world for others.
The common mistake
The common mistake word-users make with decisions is deciding them over and over again.
If that’s you, your decisions are depicted on the right.
If so, your decisions are destined to wear you out in the long run.
If you spend more time on making the wrong decisions right than on making the right decisions, you’re deciding it wrong.
Outstanding long-term results are produced primarily by avoiding wrong decisions in the first place, rather than by making the right ones.
Pay attention to that and you’ll make better decisions.
Besides, dwelling on the wrong will only wear you out in the long run.
Make fewer decisions!
Decisions come in BIG and SMALL.
And in WHAT and HOW.
Decide the BIG and WHAT first.
Then all it takes is the courage it takes to follow through and to forget about the rest until it’s time for the SMALL and HOW.
I’m not saying that’s the solution.
All I’m saying is give BIG and WHAT a chance.
When I decided to write THE ORIGIN OF HUMANITY, I had no clue it would take six years to complete.
But it was a BIG decision about WHAT.
I’m glad I did and never looked back for you can’t win with a losing hand.
All decisions feel good at the time.
Because it’s difficult to predict the future.
We only realize what is wrong with hindsight.
Then we wonder what caused it.
- Poor information?
- Shoddy analysis?
- Peer pressure?
- Power imbalance?
- Focus on the short run?
- Unexamined biases?
Don’t ask “Is this a good decision?”
Is a crisis brewing?
If you hadn’t survived every crisis to date, with a 100% success rate to boot, you wouldn’t be here.
With your back against the wall, you don’t decide based on what you know. With no way out, you decide based on what you re-member only.
The good thing about crises is that they are devastating only if you believe that they will last forever.
Yet you know they never do.
The proof’s in the pudding: You’re here still.
Why wait for a crisis?
You can focus on a small sphere and achieve a 100% success rate anytime.
If that’s what you want.
When faced with a difficult decision, don’t be afraid to seek advice within and without you.
Be careful when a naked device offers you a shirt, even though even a smartphone may offer advice you haven’t heard of before.
Re-member that decisions are all up to you.
No other word or other word-user can decide for you.
There’s no candle in the window.
When it’s about decisions, you must find your own way home.
What will you do with all the energy and time freed in your head, hands, and feet now?