October 11, 2006

The 'question guy' has a blog!

I, Ben Simpson (the crazy one), better known to Maths freshers as ‘the question guy’ have finally bothered to sign up for a blog. The purpose of this blog is to record my more ‘novel’ thoughts, that I might be reminded of them later. I think of many interesting things in a day, but they cannot find a free space in my terrible memory. It’s partly due to this memory that I don’t drink: the events of the previous night always seem like a hazy blur anyway. The other reason is that I find myself able to do crazy stuff when I am stone-cold sober (although, for the above reasons, I cannot name an example). This is because I evaluate the wisdom of an action by a different method than most people seem to (and, in my opinion, a far simpler one). When I describe an action as ‘wise’, I mean that it has, at least in my mind, passed the following checks:

1 – There is a moral reason for doing it. Being Christian, I am primarily concerned with what is right in the eyes of God (as far as I am able to discern). If there is a moral reason not to do it, don’t. If not, proceed to step 2.

2- There is no moral reason not to do it, but there is a practical reason for doing it, i.e. it will save time, help you with your course, etc. If there is an important practical reason not to do it don’t. If no such reason exists, proceed to step 3.

3- There is no moral reason not to do it, no practical reason not to do it, but it is fun. If not, then the action, is unwise, in that it is neither righteous, nor sensible, nor fun.

Thus, if you were to say to me “I wish to bounce on yonder bouncy castle”, I would say “that is wise”, in that there is no moral reason not to, no practical reason not to (usually), and it is fun. Getting drunk, on the other hand, is (I suspect) immoral, so I prefer not to do that. Since these are the criteria I use to decide whether or not to follow my impulses, it’s not very surprising that I end up doing some rather odd things from time to time. Whenever I ask most people what method they use to decide whether an idea is a good one, their reply seems to indicate that they hadn’t spent as long thinking about it as I have. That said, I respect that spending hours in thought on (perhaps rather obsure) matters is not a common pastime.

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