Saturday, August 9, 2014


I was wasting time on Facebook today (wait... was that redundant?), following random links, and came across the following on someone's wall, with an invitation to agree or disagree:

I'm not this person's Facebook friend, and thus could not post a comment on that wall, so I thought I would put my thoughts here instead.

"I disagree, in the sense that this statement is only true if you take the position that external forces (other people, the weather, diseases, accidents, etc.) and internal forces over which you have little or no control (age, genes, illness [mental and/or physical], etc.) have no effect on the decision making process. No one makes choices in a vacuum.

On a lighter note, I find it kind of amusing that there is no period after "Period". I wonder who made that choice… and why?" -- PL


Mark H said...

I strongly disagree. When I cry because I watch my mother suffer from the chemotherapy and deal with the cancer. When those tears fall from my eyes thinking of a world without her. That is not my choice. I would rather not cry. I would rather not feel that. I would rather not have these scary and sad pictures in my mind. In my experience sometimes sh*t happens and, there is nothing we can do about it. "No one makes a choice in a vacuum." I like that Peter. That is well stated. I wish everything was based on the choices we make. Life would be simpler that way. Sometimes for me, fear, anxiety, sadness are things that just happen to me. It is not my choice. If it was I would not want to feel those things. It is ok though. It is just me experiencing life, knowing that some things are not my choice and out of my control. It is the human condition and, we are only human after all.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. Laird, here's a much better Facebook post.