Friday, January 13, 2006

i'm not as dumb as some other people

Lots of people I like have quoted to me the thing that goes (paraphrased) Doing the same thing and expecting different results is a sign of insanity.

I will concede that some types of insanity involve psychosis or at least some level of misperception of the world.
And it's smart to change course when things aren't working and it seems appropriate to try something else.
But other than that, this is a really stupid quote.

Sometimes we try the same thing over and over again because it's the only thing we CAN do, and it's better do be doing than not doing.

Sometimes conditions change, and what didn't work yesterday works today. Sometimes other people change their minds, or other factors come into play.

I mean, if I call you and you don't answer, does that mean calling you again is a sign of insanity? How about teaching your dog to roll over, or telling your kid to empty the garbage, or asking your wife for sex? How about when you're learning to juggle, or play the guitar? Much of life involves perserverence, trying things until they work. Or they don't. But IMHO it doesn't have much to do with insanity...

4 Comments:

At Sat Jan 14, 12:41:00 AM PST, Blogger jay are said...

This, and about a million other sayings/quotes.....

good points

 
At Sat Jan 14, 10:46:00 AM PST, Blogger heatherfeather said...

i'm not as dumb as some other people either. but i am as dumb as some people not in the first category.

i don't think i have a point, i'm just talking because sometimes it feels sad to never talk.

talk talky talk talk talk.

hi bryan!

 
At Sat Jan 14, 12:23:00 PM PST, Anonymous si said...

"I mean, if I call you and you don't answer, does that mean calling you again is a sign of insanity?" -- well, when I'M doing the calling, i think it does mean i'm "insane" to keep expecting a call back... ;-)
(had to go back to being my "rude" self -- i think you handed this one to me on a plate!)

 
At Sat Jan 14, 12:44:00 PM PST, Anonymous sooze37 said...

As usual you make a valid point for the other side...but ummmm really I think you take the quote out of context for the opportunity to pontificate..which allows the rest of us to get on our soap boxes..so over all I guess we should thank you! Sorry you are so bogged down in rain... :) but then it is even raining in California!!

 

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