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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

In The Long Run We Are All Dead.

"There are no solutions, there are only rearrangements of problems."

David Mamet: November

So quit procrastinating, analysing and planning, just get out there and do something.


Blogger Charles Edward Frith said...

Lovely. I like this.

9:55 PM, January 23, 2008  
Blogger Robert said...

As a loud and proud cynic, I should like this - but for some reason I don't. I agree with the STOP PROCRASTINATING, [Over] ANALYSING AND PLANNING statement ... but the 'no solutions' bit bothers me.

Surely it's that quest that makes things happen because without it, why would we bother.

Jesus, what's happened to me???

5:47 PM, January 25, 2008  
Blogger Robert said...

You can tell I'm completely spaced out because having read what I've just posted - even I can't work out what I was trying to say.

OK ... TAKE 2.

As a loud and proud cynic, I should like this - but for some reason I don't.

Whilst I agree that we should STOP PROCRASTINATING, [Over] ANALYSING AND PLANNING ... the 'there are no solutions, just rearrangement of problems' bit, bothers me.

Surely it's the quest to solve problems - fix them forever - that makes us do 'stuff' because without the belief of being able to 'solve', why would we bother getting out of bed in the first place?

Yes I know some smart arse is going to say the more you solve, the more problems arise - but this isn't the time for any deep and meaningful so I'm going to sign off there.

Especially because by Monday, I'll probably of changed my mind and say THAT'S THE MOST BRILLIANT THING I'VE EVER READ.

But maybe not ...

5:51 PM, January 25, 2008  
Blogger john dodds said...

I doubt you'll change your mind that much - but if you inserted the implicit permanent before solutions, would you agree more?

My sentence was lazy too - in fact I originally just posted the quote. Of course you need to analyse and plan, it's the procrastinating that's the thing to avoid.

6:17 AM, January 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right - I'm DEFINITELY off home now.

10:12 AM, January 28, 2008  
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