My nagging ration system: Nagging works like currency. If you nag your kids too often, the effect of each nagging diminishes. So, you end up nagging louder every time. (If you print too much money, the general price level goes up in the economy, because the value of each dollar goes down.) So you need to control the supply of nagging like a central bank. You make a note of how many times you nagged your kids in a day and pace yourself to use only a fixed number of nagging, like say, 10 times a day. If your kid does something annoying, like leaving the refrigerator door open, and if you’ve already used up your daily ration of nagging, you just have to take care of it yourself, because nagging more would trigger a downward spiral of inflation. Overall, you will be less effective at managing your kid’s behavior.
THOUGHTS IN PROGRESS
April 17, 2013
A friend on Facebook posted this quote:
“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
― André Gide
I don’t know who Gide is but I think this is quite true. The only thing I would differ on is that it wasn’t really a matter of not “listening”. There are two different kinds of knowledge in life: one type allows us to build on the knowledge of others (technical knowledge like math, science, etc..), but the other type doesn’t (like philosophy and art). We all have to acquire it from scratch on our own. There are no shortcuts. So, ultimately in art, we are just repeating the same things that have already been said million times before, but in our own ways, for our own times.
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