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What are you giving up in order to keep what you're not willing to give up?

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Comment by jim thomas on May 20, 2013 at 7:26

That is a real teaser, and just shows how words can be the devil itself to decipher, but i think i've got it....

 In order to keep my sense of security intact, i am more than likely giving up the possibility of a fresh new perspective which just might have been the introduction to a fuller, more creative lifestyle and, in consequence, a more balanced and flexible me, that would have made my life infinitely more worthwhile on a grander scale than i could possibly imagine within my present confines.

If i got it right do i get a prize?

Comment by Tim Fox on May 27, 2013 at 4:33

You got it.

Comment by Tom Hirons on May 27, 2013 at 12:42
Secondary gain - I believe they call it - is another (mirror-imaged...) way of looking at it: 'What are you gaining by not changing X?' Always a fun one to look at...
Comment by jim thomas on May 27, 2013 at 15:24

Does that mean that i can rest secure in the knowledge that if i don't do anything i wont be risking failure if things don't pan out? Thank you, i feel so much better now.....

Comment by Tim Fox on May 27, 2013 at 22:01

Jim -- That's not the conclusion I draw.  I like what Tom Hirons said, about secondary gains.  We tend to ignore them and see only the primary, to the extreme point we've now reached at the cultural level where the way we're living expresses a willingness to give up a healthy viable planet so we can keep our automobiles rolling just a little longer.   But what if we invert the primary and secondary gains?   What if our primary concern is a healthy viable planet, then we are suddenly able to see that in order to keep it we will need to give up the secondary -- cars.   The inversion is what allows us to see the great risk of doing nothing, and that the likely consequences of failure will probably be dire.  Yet, without the inversion in perspective, we remain blind.  

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