The most difficult aspect of Decision
is Error. Whether it is better to take a
Decision at the risk of Error, or to sit
on the horns of a dilemma, remaining
firmly and implacably unresolved,
balanced delicately upon the broad
rail of the intellectual fence - is
the most elementary Decision worth
The second difficult aspect of Decision
therefore is Time. For how long can one
maintain this precarious - if safe – state
of thoughtful equilibrium?
As the world races by, from this philosophical
roost, one may divert one's attentions to wonder
Has there ever been a decision made
which might have served mankind better
had it been considered more interminably?
Whether one can conclude on this question
or not (and how can one without delving
more deeply into the whole question
now under consideration) is of little consequence
but we should note the time value of thinking carefully
into all aspects of the question and
wonder at the awesome responsibility
one undertakes in coming decisively
to a conclusion.
For surely Time is the most finite element of
existence and one ought to be certain that it
is being consumed in a most strictly worthwhile way.
Now, in Certainty, one comes upon another
great obstacle to the course of this inquiry.
For Certainty implies that alternatives exist and
these imply that Decisions must be made,
as we have already observed - this is no light matter.
© Bog O’Mullet 1975