Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Dictatorship of Potential

It's a funny thing, potential. We have so much of it, just in our humanity. And then with our technology, it is seemingly unbounded. For example, the computer I am working on can do so much, I feel obliged to try to get it all done! And then I end up multitasking to such an extent that all I have left at the end of a day is a lot of pieces of potentialities. We simply can't accomplish everything that is potentially possible. We have to make choices that involve sacrifice of something that is potentially precious so that at least something makes the leap from potency to act.


Anonymous said...

I am thoroughly exhausted just reading your litany of talents and how to priortitize their use. It is not necessarily a bad thing to be technologically challenged as I am. Have you ever considered procrastination as a temporary solution to a permanent problem.

Anonymous said...

I love what you said, because it's so true! People, myself included, want it all and want to do it all. And it's all good stuff. But we try to do the impossible. Choice and sacrifice are the answer.


Anonymous said...

Titled exactly right: Potential as a dictator. I feel obligated in so many directions that something important inevitably suffers.