May 8th, 2012

[David, Getting Things Done,] Allen has come to appreciate why decide has the same etymological root as homicide: the Latin word caedere, meaning to cut down or to kill. “When we’re trying to decide what to do with our stuff or what movie to see,” Allen says, “we don’t think to ourselves, Look at all these cool choices. There’s a powerful thing inside that says, If I decide to do that movie, I’ll kill all the other movies. You can pretend all the way up to that point that you know the right thing to do, but once you’re faced with a choice, you have to deal with this open loop in your head: You’re wrong, you’re right, you’re wrong, you’re right. Every single time you make a choice, you’re stepping into an existential void.” p. 86

From Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney


Found in my electronic chapbook.

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