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Changing Light Bulbs

09.03.2008

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Being on the tall side, I've found myself accustomed to changing many light bulbs over the course of my life. The task itself is rather simple, but the result of the change can certainly make a big difference. When the light bulb burns out, it can make things hard to see, and after replacing it with a new one everything seems much brighter. I think you would agree that people like the light.

I don't think many people leave a burnt out bulb in place for very long either. That would be considered somewhat irrational, and that's where the question comes up of being rational or irrational if for some reason you just want to live somewhat in the dark.

Probably a good time to define things a little clearer. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines rational as having reason or understanding; relating to, based on, or agreeable to reason - reasonable. The definition goes on to define irrational as not rational; not endowed with reason or understanding; lacking usual or normal mental clarity or coherence; not governed by or according to reason.

Facts go hand-in-hand with rational thinking, which benefit us over time. Irrational thinking has little to do with using known facts and that's why it ultimately hinders us.

A pretty simple and clear statement, but does it stop us from being irrational at times? Hardly. So why do we continue to do it? A better question is why would expect and answer to a grand question like this to be answered on a simple blog? Yep, it's not going to happen any time soon. Of course when the light bulb burns out I will continue to change it, since that always seems like the most rational choice for me to make at the time.

And we're not even going to get into the matter of having fear using a step-stool if you need it to reach the light bulb. That's another discussion entirely.

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