Error is instructive. Pay attention. With the caveat that if you are doing wrong and you do not know or made to know you are doing something wrong, you will think you are right.
Moreover, unencumbered by the guardrails of advice, introspection, warning, or even commonsense, one is apt to proceed with increase pace the haste to make waste. Except, the idea of haste to waste- the good ole Jamaica stand-in known as Bad Mind- is an unnecessary intrusion in what by all accounts is going well. That is until it isn’t. But, at what point do you tell yourself or want to be told that something is not going well or will have led to a bad outcome? At the beginning?
Hindsight at the debris field, or at the unenviable task of delivering the eulogy for the inconsolable loss is no guarantor that we will see the light though we are feeling the heat, dying more than living, and becoming exhausted from dying. Clearly something is wrong. Error is instructive.
Error’s role- said elsewhere as the wages of sin- is to confront you with inescapable conclusion despite excuses and the alibi of others’ treachery, deceit, or complicity in derailing the progress you are so focused on.
For while it is true that others plotted our murder most foul and took steps to carry it out, Error’s repeated visits to declare our adventures glorified suicide before the fact is the only evidence worth considering, not for a useless verdict to avenge an injustice but for a course correction.
Whatever value there is in, ” I told you so”, pales at our loss. The real issue though is not our predictable and painful loss, but it is that we are lost and without a compass or a frame of reference to guide our thought process. Being wrong and thinking we are right is a wasteful and debilitating drama.
What is the fix?
Hmmm! That’s a good question.
Challenge the ways we think.
Hey! We are not investigating a murder. We are preventing suicide by interrupting the pageantry of our mortification. There are other things to be mortified about. Our suicide should not be number one on that ignoble list. Live and live well. Be thoughtful.
Peter Peterkin, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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