A bad case of akrasia

[Christianity’s] theologians have known that our soul suffers from what ancient Greek philosophers termed akrasia, a perplexing tendency to know what we should do combined with a persistent reluctance actually to do it, whether through weakness of will or absent-mindedness.*
(Alain de Botton)

If you’re holding back and looking for a reason why, and that reason is replaced by another reason, then… you might be stalling.**

We’ve all done it.

I’m rather good at it.

We’ve all stalled at some point or other.

We’ve found something else to think about or do rather than what needs to be tackled.

I am prioritising.

Clearing the deck to be uninterrupted.

Waiting for the urge.

Something urgent just came up.

Someone needs my help.

Is that an email?

(I have plenty more good reasons.)

Sometimes what we don’t do tells us what we should do.


(*From Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists.)
(**From Seth Godin’s blog: Are you stalling?)

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