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A Dictionary of New Epigrams

Choice

If choice between the obvious and the absurd is easy, why do so many people choose self-destructive life paths?

Doing what comes naturally isn’t choosing, it’s just obeying your species instincts, your body’s propensities and your cultural learning.

Every instant there is a choice of physical action, and it is almost wholly automatic responses to natural propensities and personally cultivated habits; hence it really isn’t a choice of the will, but a choice of the body.

We learn to do by doing the things that give us what we want. We learn to avoid those things that give us the pains we don’t want. So, is this a choice, or a conditioned reflex?

Time moves on and we never have to make the same choice twice; perhaps a similar choice, yes, but not the same choice, because time makes certain every moment and every relationship, everything is gone forever. You can not make the same choice twice.

Are you now in the right frame of mind to be making important choices? Probably not, so you should now choose to make the preparations necessary for making good choices when your time comes for making a choice.

The Universe chooses the really big and really important things, but those are flowing so consistently that within that reality provided without our asking we live and make our personal choices. But those tiny choices are what make big differences in our lives.

When you choose one thing to be good, you automatically choose its opposite as bad.

If you choose you demonstrate your free will; you will suffer the bounty and punishments of your choice. It is safer to avoid choice, to obey the authorities, and to receive what they choose to give to you as your just reward. There is false security in slavery.

He who does as he’s told makes no choice, and he who refuses to do as he’s told makes no choice. Choice is weighing options and doing what you believe is the right thing to do.

The world will bring many random things to you, but it is always your choice as to how you will respond to them.

Look down the path you are on, and down the paths of decision as far as you can. I can not say choose the best one; that is wholly your choice.

You may know a man by the choices he makes.

You may see the result of a lifetime of choices by getting to know some old people  and comparing them to similar young ones. Notice those characteristics that have been winnowed out by the vagaries of world experience.

It is your choice what you pay attention to, and it is what you pay attention to that forms the person you become.

Some say you always have a choice of this or that, but I say there is always an infinity of choices in every moment.

 

 

 

 

 

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