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Words To Live and Die By
"I did what I did. It felt right. I'm fine with that."

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From: babyiwasshot Date: June 9th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Edit this slightly ("It felt right at the time") and you've got the existential ethos that I try to live/die by. Of course my own addition to this quotation is conditioned by the fact that what feels right at a given moment is sometimes totally wrong--and my own experience has show me this countless times.

Hardline moralists who assert that the implications of a decision should always be thoroughly thought through prior to making a decision often forget that we're often forced to make decisions in finite temporal spaces (moments). The existentialists' experiences as part of the French Resistance, I think, demonstrated this degree of uncertainty to them. A good film illustrating this is Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows (one of my favorites)......really, any good war film will demonstrate this principle; when you're being shot at, you don't have the necessary amount of TIME to think through every possible outcome/implication of a decision. CIRCUMSTANCE governs choice, and sometimes circustances don't (a) give all the information and (b) give enough TIME required to make the best choice possible

Of course, you already know all this stuff probably; I'm really just sort of showing off; hence why this all probably sounds like a lecture....sorry. IT feels acceptable in this moment
From: babyiwasshot Date: June 9th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

writing

"Hardline moralists who assert that the implications of a decision should always be thoroughly thought through prior to making a decision often forget that we're often forced"

I meant: "Hardline moralists who assert that the implications of a decision should always be thoroughly thought through prior to making it often forget that we're forced..."

PS: I apologize for this abominable sentence. Whenever trying to convey complex ideas, I sometimes fuck up my writing because I'm thinking of, like, 3 possible syntactic forms at once WHILE writing.

e.g.

While writing, I'm balancing two forms of the above in my head

(1) often forget that we're forced to make decisions
(2) forget that we're often forced to make decisions

While writing I had BOTH of the above forms in my head and couldn't make a decision about which one to use; thus they became conflated and resulted in the redundancy/repetition that appears above...............hmmm talk about decision making in finite temporal spaces. I bet if I SLOWED DOWN while writing I would write better papers and such.
From: babyiwasshot Date: June 9th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

more examples

**"Of course, you already know all this stuff probably"

I type "you already know all this stuff" and think to myself "I should insert a 'probably' in there," and wind up tagging it to the END of the sentence rather than a better position..."you PROBABLY already know all this stuff"

**"I'm really just sort of showing off"

The attitude that needs to be conveyed with this is "humble guilt," but I blanace 2 forms at the same time and, once again, they get conflated

(1) "I'm really just showing off"
(2) "I'm sort of showing off"

hah. Look, man; I need a good editor. As is, I write too fast and compound my deficiencies by editing "on the fly" while I'm writing. I condense the whole writing process with respect to time--I don't do "drafts"
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