One who intends to leave others better off for his having existed.

5/31/15

Think ≠ Chess & Cognitive Dissonance

All animals are equal,
but some animals are more equal than others.

George Orwell

Known and unknown,
you were, are and will be pieces of varying value in an infinite number of games.

You may or may not be playing the games you think.

Are the only two certainties that there are at least two players,
you and everything that’s not?

The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance
as though they were realities,
and are often more influenced by the things that seem than those that are.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Can some things not matter until they do,
unless they actually do while you believe they don’t until it’s too late?

If there’s no certainty of what was, is will be or why,
is the only certainty present thought?

Can observation alter the observed?

What if what you think isn’t?

That which is one is one.


That which is not one is also one.


Chaing Tzu

If nothing doesn’t change, is remaining stationary optional?

If you can’t necessarily control your pieces,
can you be obliged to move and/or sacrifice when you don’t want to?

Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed,
whatever follies I have witnessed…,
have been the consequence of action without thought.


Bernard Baruch
American financier and presidential advisor

If players don’t necessarily follow the same rules
which can change without everyone knowing,
should you break rules if your opponent does?

If opponents don’t begin with pieces of the same number and value
and players can think they’re winning when losing,
can influencing others’ thoughts enhance results, and vice versa?

If an opponent thinks you have more influence and power,
do you?

An imaginary ailment is worse than a disease.


Yiddish proverb

The more competitors there are, the harder it is to win.

Think ≠ Chess can = Collateral damage.

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