Buridan’s Ass is a famous thought experiment which features a perfectly rational ass rationally stuck between two equally attractive alternatives.
Tragically equidistant between hay and water, the ass lies down to quietly die – as it would be irrational to pursue either over the other.
At work I’m more Speedy Gonzales than Buriden’s Ass at times. And at my worst Wile E. Coyote – hatching complex schemes for simple problems.
I’m often at my best when I slow down a bit. As I wrote today:
Better sometimes to lie down between, than run needlessly and heedlessly between both seeking a carrot.
Perhaps I should treat myself to the odd sit down.