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Willingness to accept

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As opposed to talking about willingness to accept in the economics sense I’m talking about a person’s ability or wish to compromise. For example how much will one suffer from the snow and the dark before giving up a goal. These coots illustrate the concept well: some are forging ahead, some are going in a different direction, and some are staying behind. Depending upon the issue or issues confronting us, as a group we behave in essentially the same fashion. What is the most effective strategy? Every person’s strategy is necessarily different from every other person’s; there isn’t any one right way to proceed, though one person’s strategy can and does impacts others’ strategies. In terms of compromise we’re left with those willing to accept more discomfort having to and those who don’t especially want to accepting more responsibility.  But are they really having to accept more discomfort, aren’t they choosing to? And are those accepting more responsibility really taking the lead or being left to take the lead? With these questions left hanging we’re left with yet another one. Given the way things seem to naturally fall out, is there really any willingness to accept at all? It looks to me as if people fall naturally into the niches they evolve for themselves and very seldom change after that. One can always assign labels to people but that doesn’t change them either, except, maybe, to make them chafe at being labeled. Thus compromise seems to me to be the most valuable of the labels because it isn’t really a label, it’s a behavior; and can be a very positive one. Willingness to accept is not only passive, it’s also meaningless behavior, thoughts and feelings. So let’s all advocate for compromise for a behavior and labeling to be discarded. Would you rather be labeled with a meaningless label and remain powerless or compromise and gain power?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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