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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Throwing in the Towel

Today I was working on setting up a wireless adapter—a job that should take about 10 minutes.  I spent three hours on it before “throwing in the towel” and purchasing a different brand adaptor for $39.00. The new unit worked perfectly and the job was wrapped up in less than 10 minutes.  It is interesting to me why we fixate on fixing a problem probably longer than we should within certain set boundaries, then at some point willfully and intentionally deciding on a radically different solution.  Essentially it is a matter of giving up hope on the current situation.  And hope in the nature of man is an extremely resilient commodity.  At home we have had plants that didn’t thrive and began to die.  It is not an easy matter to give up hope and dispose of the plant.  Man’s drive to nurture is tied in with hope.  It is not simply a matter of pride and wanting not to admit defeat, it is the tendency rather not to count cost until some extreme point where it is finally decided that further investment of hope and nurturing (and with it the necessary resources) is pointless.  For the sake of human survival, this point is seldom arrived at flippantly even in relative minor matters.  Despite the cost in particular instances, on the whole as an aspect of fundamental human behavior this is a very good thing.

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