“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Learning means letting go of yesterday’s identity.
Let others try to hold us to who they think we are. Who we genuinely may have been for a moment. It’s up to us to decide who we are in the present.
Resisting change makes life difficult.
Action is change.
We bound ourselves with lists of what’s good about inaction. Focusing on what’s bad about taking action.
These lists aren’t wrong, yet incomplete.
List the downsides of inaction. See the upsides of action frees us. Make for a simpler life.