Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Distraction is the key to procrastination, which is the coward's solution to facing challenges.

Procrastination has been mentioned but not actually dealt with. Here is a statement judging procrastination to be the coward's solution. Is it?

In the sense that to procrastinate is to avoid attending to a challenge, it involves cowering from the challenge, and hence is an act of cowardice. However, there is no reason to deduce that cowardice is a weak or worse option.

The living animals' brains that survive today have since the dawn of life been faced with choices in daily survival. Imagine being in a hot dry country, and deciding whether to go towards the hot sunshine, where there is a great challenge and no certainty of opportunity, or to stay in the shade, where there are known but limited resources of food or water. Procrastination in this example would be "staying in the shade". Here cowardice can be more sensible and successful than daring to head out into a hot desert, certainly if clouds and rain arrive before the food and water run out.

So procrastination can be rational, yet in most of us, it is in the main instinctive. If we subjected all the procrastination instincts in our lives to a conscious analysis of options available to them, we would not have time even to sleep, nor would we ever be allowed to rest. How then can we know which instincts of procrastination to analyze and curb? Some people must have clear systems for deciding this.

Consequently, the next consideration of this topic shall be on the lines of Decision Systems for allowing or curbing procrastination.

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