Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thought for the day

I'm reading a collection of metaphors, similes and analogies, and one of them was this remark of Bonhoeffer:
If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction
Which is a fair point, although I suppose people that had to put up with slow-running British trains might argue that in some cases, running in the opposite direction would get you to your destination more quickly.

If you're in a situation that isn't right, tinkering round the edges to reduce how bad things are isn't going to solve the overarching situation.  It's unlikely, for example, that you'd have achieved much if you joined the Nazi Party in 1930 but then lobbied intensively for them to recycle more of the paper they used in their offices.

Well, you might have reduced the number of trees destroyed by the Third Reich, but in the long term, you couldn't really be said to have done much about all the evil being perpetrated.

Unless you really, really hate people, and really, really love trees, I suppose.


Minnie Bus said...

What an amazing thought! Helps me justify why I'm going to do the things I'm going to do in the coming months, even if it does hurt to rip off that proverbial plaster.

But I have to point out, you make no mention of the opposite thought which is actually great fun:

Running along the corridor in the opposite direction on the RIGHT train.

You simultaneously get a workout and the chance to annoy all your fellow passengers. Next time you take a train, remember to bring along your sneakers!

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