Inaction

by moe

Inaction isn’t simply the lack or absence of action, but the false impression that one is choosing not to make a choice. Let’s clear something up right away. You always make a choice. You either choose to act in a situation or let enough time pass by where you can no longer act.

I never worry about action, but only inaction. -Winston Churchill

So why are most people under a false impression? I thought about this for a while and came up with guilt. When you convince yourself you are powerless in the outcome of a situation, you in turn rid yourself the burden of consequences or at least the guilt of those who have to face them. The fact is, life is just a choice. You choose to do something or you don’t. If you want to get in shape then you either choose to go to the gym or you don’t. If you want to know more about a topic you either choose to pick up a book or you don’t.

Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.. -Leonardo Da Vinci

Once you realize it is your fault, you also realize it’s in your control. You realize that if you worked out for 6 months then you would be in shape. If you read a hand full of books on a topic you would dominate most people alive on the subject. All you have to do is choose to do it. The funny thing is, we don’t. We do not choose to do it, because we don’t think we can do it.

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. -John F Kennedy