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May 18, 2010


I definitely agree with the overall idea in this post, but regarding this line:
"What imaginable argument could make the actions not just distinct from but non-identical to the person?"
I urge you to consider this article: http://lesswrong.com/lw/hz/correspondence_bias/

Everyone's actions are a certain combination of internal choices and external pressures. Make sure you have a significant amount of data on the person before attributing the barista's macchiato-pouring to weak character.

I'm reminded of this quote of yours: "Mediocrity's like the devil: it turns up slick and sharp, not pointy-tailed and smelling of sulfur."

That's a big part of the problem today- when people are comfortable but not doing anything extraordinary, there's little incentive to change. But all throughout that stage time is ticking away until they get to the WHY IS THIS MY LIFE? stage when they are more inclined to make a significant change.

Thank you - I completely agree with this post - and I think I need to print it out and stick it somewhere visible so that I can stop hiding behind alibis instead of doing what I claim to be doing.

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