Maurice Ently

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

essay schmessay

It's funny how paralysed one gets when faced with work to do.  Surely the correct biological response to having to get things done should be the urge to do it.  For the fourth consecutive time this year I find myself on the wednesday before a friday deadline arsing around in an internet cafe.  I have about 60 A4 pages to read, digest and write a 2,000 word essay on in two days and I'm paralysed into inaction.  It's almost like you kid yourself that it will somehow...through no input from you....get done.   Right I'm off to doss around somewhere else!

Lacking in serenity, courage and wisdom

When I was younger my favourite prayer was

"God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
Courgae to change the things I can
And the Wisdom to know the difference"

I don't think saying it got me anywhere but it remains the only prayer I continue to say

Monday, July 26, 2004

Why don't you....?

I haven't watched TV for 4 days. I can't think of a day (whilst in England) when I haven't watched the TV, even for 10 mins in the morning. I have been busy, both in my head and physically. I was beginning to think such extreme thoughts as 'Get rid of the TV and do less boring things instead' However...I pulled in to a motorway petrol station today as I got out of the car somone had grafittied a message onto the pump box saying something about not wasting your life watching be honest that simply encouraged me to reflect on whether watching TV was a waste of time or not. After really thinking about it and weighing up the pros and cons, I concluded not. Perhaps people who grafitti moral maxims should be a bit more detailed and provide some persuasive arguments to support their point of view.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

I CHOOSE YOU.......(but only because all the best people are taken)

Suppose there are 26 women and 26 men each wanting to be married. For each sex, all of that sex agree on the same ranking of the 26 members of the opposite sex in terms of desirability as marriage partners. Call them A to Z and A' to Z' respectively in decreasing preferential order. A and A' voluntarily choose to get married, each preferring the other to any other partner. B would most prefer to marry A' and B' would most prefer to marry A, but by their choices A and A' have removed these options. When B and B' marry their choices are not made nonvoluntary merely by the fact that there is something else they each would rather do. B and B' choose among fewer options than A and A' did. This contraction of the range of options continues down the line until we come to Z and Z', who each face a choice between marrying the other or remaining unmarried. Each prefers any one of the 25 other partners who by their choices have removed themselves from consideration by Z and Z'. Z and Z' voluntarily choose to marry each other. The fact that their only other alternative is (in their view) much worse and the fact that others choose to exercise their rights in certain ways, thereby shaping the external environment of options in which Z and Z' choose, does not mean that they did not marry voluntarily.