Monday, July 26, 2010

Occam's Razor

Either you can be logical about everything or nothing. You can't have it both ways. You can't resort to logic when it suits you especially when it's your dire attempt to justify yourselves. Just because you can justify yourselves doesn't make you or your actions right.
I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist. Just because you don't know what the right answer is - maybe there's even no way you could know what the right answer is - doesn't make your answer right or even okay. It's much simpler than that. It's just plain wrong.- Dr. Gregory House
 Yes right and wrong do exist. Just because people can get away by calling it a gray area doesn't make it right. Weakness is not an excuse for choosing the wrong path rather it's a weak act to use weakness as an excuse. Experiences tend to repeat themselves. Ever thought why so ? It's maybe because of YOU. You haven't changed, your actions haven't, your thinking hasn't and therefore the consequences haven't either and you're still wasting all your time coming up with excuses, with justification when the simplest justification is staring you in the face.
Occam's Razor - Simplest explanation is always right.
Well almost always. So why think of complicated stories then ?


  1. first.. right and wrong are individual viewpoints.. many might share them.. but that doesn't make them universally absolute..

    second.. as humans we like rationality.. so much so that we rationalize our irrationality with logical justifications.. i wouldn't call it weakness.. i would call it something that gives strength..

    when you can't arrive at the 'right' thing to do logically, i believe you should follow your gut.. its the best shot you got..

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  3. Rationalization is one of the most commonly used defence mechanisms to protect "the ego" from failure or feeling dejected and "out of place."
    It' only but a natural tendency to make excuses because we are really scared to face what's staring at us - all the time !
    And yes a mere justification doesn't make things right. Ever.

    Kanishk - thank you so much for writing this. This sums up everything I've been thinking about and feeling for a month ! Hugs

  4. brilliant! n concise! i love! considering i hate the "gray area" response people give to justify their inability to chose the right path or their need to try the wrong one! :D

  5. @Changi: If you know of the problems your actions are going to have prior to making that choice then you can't hide behind a logical justification which claims that those problems shouldn't have arose at all.

    @Natasha & Bhumika: Glad you guys liked it :)

  6. hmm true, the simplest explanation is often the best one. Its quite evident that most of the phenomenon of nature are governed by simple laws too...
    another thing, Nature loves symmetry.

    Blasphemous Aesthete

  7. @ Kanishk.. Your post does not make a clear enough distinction between deliberately ignoring foreseeable problems and justifications in general.. your comment clears it up a bit..
    Those who think they never justify themselves or never should are living in a fool's paradise.. the walls will come down one day.. if justifications can make you feel good about yourself, then why not? to protect your ego is a bad thing? please! we build invisible barriers every day so that the world does not tear our ego apart.. their existence is inevitable, indelible and... justifiable

  8. We all do it. It's indispensable. But it doesn't make it right.

  9. @ kanishk.. see my first comment..