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Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart

Wednesday I wrote about getting a new printer--just because I wanted a change.  It was hard to identify valid reasons beyond that.  I think we look for good rationales when we face change for several reasons.  With change there is usually some risk.  The change may bring additional sometimes unexpected difficulties and problems.  Good rationales assuage some of the misgivings we have about change.  By emphasizing the potential positive factors that may result from change, our fears can be allayed or covered over.  Another demon that afflicts us when we feel the urge to change is guilt.  In my case, I was abandoning a perfectly good machine for a new one.  There is a measure of guilt here.  We could again refer to the colonists as they rebelled against the land of their origin.  Deep down, there may have been a measure of guilt even among the most revolutionary.  To counteract this guilt a strong rationale for change was needed--focusing on egregious wrongs, or in my case, devising woeful inadequacies.

I have been dealing here with human motivations and emotions.  We should never drift too far from acknowledging the foundations of our high minded, high flown ways.  Or, as Yeats put it, "I must lie down where all the ladders start/ In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart."

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