"Learning to live and living to learn"
Do you ever question the nature of your intent? I mean, do you ever ask yourself, “Why do I do what I do?”
While walking in the park this morning with the wife and Lily, (the dog who must be adored), I noticed how both attacked the walk with such fervor and intention. I assume that dogs, being dogs, do not give much thought to the nature of their intention, they just do whatever comes to mind in the moment. So, I dismissed Lily’s behavior from my consideration and turned to the wife.
“Do you ever analyze the nature of your intention?”, I asked, doing my best to convey an air of quiet contemplation. Well, in retrospect, it was not the best time to raise such a question with the wife. If I were a man with a highly developed antenna for ripples in the domestic firmament, rather than the average bonehead, I would have read the behavioral indicators. I would have realized that since the wife is busier than the busiest bee at a busy convention for overworked honey gatherers, I would not have tried to distract her laser-like focus on the relentless demands of her needy clients, with such frivolous musings. She looked at me, with a distinct look of irritation, and said, “Oh, I don’t have time to think about such things”, and to hammer home her point, she followed up with, “Most people are far too busy with the demands of daily life to think about that, they just get on with it because they have to!”
Ok, point taken, lesson learned. The internal software that drives the domestic antenna has been updated.
However, I still think the question deserves consideration, at least from time to time. Let us consider the implications for a moment and in order to help us to do so, we need a frame of reference to which we can all relate. Let us consider, our (not so) poor, embattled, Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Do you think that this brightest light amongst the clan of Sneaky Blunders, gives thought to such a question? I would hope that, at least from time to time, Mr. Johnson asks himself, what is his intention in being our Prime Minister. I would hope too that the answer would be that in being Prime Minister, his intention is to contribute to building a better society for all, indeed, a better world for all! I have little doubt that if pressed for an answer, the response would be something along these lines.
However, I would not be so convinced. So, I would pursue the matter a little further by asking Mr. Johnson, “if your intention is to contribute to creating a better, safer, more prosperous society for all, how then does your decision to circumvent established norms and codes of conduct do so?” I think he would probably respond in a similar fashion to how he responded yesterday in Parliament and reject the implication, without putting forward any meaningful explanation. It reminded me of the scenario that arises when your child asks you why something is so and you reply with the phrase, “it just is!" Case closed!
But I suspect, Mr. Johnson, that the real answer to the question is that in fact, there is a disconnect between your espoused intent and the reality, which has more to do with your narcissism and sense of grandiosity? Whether your decisions and behavior contribute to creating a better society for all is, if truth be told, irrelevant.
I am merely raising the question because, it seems that most people are far too distracted with doing their best to create a better society for their families, neighbors and friends to do so.