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July 4, 2020

There is no such thing as a bad decision — Part 2


Part 1 appeared here last week and evoked two comments, one of which I pursued via email with the commenter known as Brucexo.*

Up top is part of our back-and-forth, which has confounded me since he sent it.**

There's no question that looking for a gas leak with a lighted match is a bad decision, even if the leak is detected before an explosion occurs.

If the first sign of a leak is an explosion triggered by that lighted match, then obviously using the match was a bad decision resulting in a bad result.

I'm confused, because I can't reconcile the truth above with my original statement (above, in the headline).

I remember when I signed up for Philosophy 1, Introduction to Logic, back when I was an undergrad.

After the first lecture I looked through the textbook, written by the guy teaching the course, and it was chock full of funny symbols and equation-like things — not my sort of thing, for sure.

Dropped that puppy like it was hot.

But I digress. 




*Homage to my favorite musical artist, the man originally and then formerly and then once again known as Prince

**The comment appears in Apple's Dark Mode, which I love now as much as I did the day they released it

July 4, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


You will find the leak, if there is one, you just may not get to tell about it.

Why would one decide to look for a gas leak with a match? What is the rationale?

What about zillions of other scenarios of doing something a reasonable person would see as having the potential for dangerous consequences? Does the decision ignore these?

How is "recklessness" considered in a well-informed decision?

Posted by: JohnM | Jul 6, 2020 4:16:16 PM

I feel like you’re missing the first half of a sentence. “If you make the best decision you can, there’s no such thing as a bad decision.” Meaning that you should not blame yourself for things outside of your control.

Posted by: Phillip Winn | Jul 4, 2020 4:44:28 PM

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